New Orleans tried to land Isaiah Thomas?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, bottom, is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Last night, Isaiah Thomas hosted an Instagram livestream that contributed to the NBA rumor mill.

During the livestream, superstar Anthony Davis decided to chime in. What did he say? Davis hinted that the Pelicans had attempted to sign the former All-Star point guard. See his comments below.

IT would have been an excellent fit in New Orleans. Running the pick and roll with Davis could have been lethal. Plus, Thomas would have also been able to spend minutes on the first unit, as Jrue Holiday had previously demonstrated he can play off of the ball.

Why didn’t this happen? Denver was able to offer Thomas $2.2 million, a number New Orleans would not match due to salary tax implications. According to Kevin Pelton, New Orleans could have offered the biannual exception without entering the tax but, that exception is only worth $700k.