With the NBA having to deal with players continuously testing positive for COVID-19, former NBA players are looking at the G-League as a possible path for a comeback to the NBA. Last week, the Grand Rapids Gold signed Mario Chalmers and Isaiah Thomas. Days later, Thomas subsequently scored 42-points in his G League debut with the Grand Rapids Gold to get back in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Isaiah Thomas was nothing short of AMAZING tonight. 🙏 @isaiahthomas
42 points | 8 assists | 6 rebounds | 5 3PT pic.twitter.com/qBO1IelI0f
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) December 16, 2021
According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Grand Rapids Gold added Shabazz Muhammad to the roster for the G League showcase against the Ignite on Sunday.
It’s the highly touted G League Ignite against the @NBAGrandRapids Superteam starring Lance Stephenson, Mario Chalmers, Nik Stauskas and the freshly signed Shabazz Mohammad — and coached by Jason Terry — here at the @nbagleague Showcase in Las Vegas. Let’s hoop … pic.twitter.com/QvHnPGNgyQ
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 20, 2021
The Utah Jazz’s former 2013 first-round draft pick (draft right traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 21st pick) is hoping the G League’s showcase event will spark an NBA comeback. It’s not the first time Muhammad has played in the showcase. In 2014, he was part of the All-Showcase team when the Wolves sent him to the NBA Development League to play with the Iowa Energy.
Shabazz last appeared on an NBA court in 2017-18, playing 43 games with Minnesota and the Milwaukee Bucks. Since then, he has played in the Chinese Basketball Association.