Isaiah Thomas (IT) will wear No. 24 with the New Orleans Pelicans in honor of Kobe Bryant.

The Pelicans officially signed the point guard to a 10-day contract on Saturday. Thomas responded to the team’s tweet detailing his jersey selection by saying, “Kobe !!!”

IT began his career wearing 22 with the Sacramento Kings and has also worn 3, 4, 7 and 0 at other times in his career.

Thomas will be available to the Pelicans starting Sunday’s game in Houston. And they may need it right away.

The Pelicans are battling injuries right now with five players among their injury casualties. Zion Williamson (right thumb strain), Brandon Ingram (right first MTP irritation), and Lonzo Ball (right hip flexor strain) are listed as questionable. Williamson and Ingram have missed two games in a row, while Ball has missed seven in a row.

Pelicans guard Josh Hart (torn UCL in right thumb) is expected to miss significant time due to his injury and backup point guard Kira Lewis, a rookie who had a career-high 21 points in Friday’s game against Atlanta is in doubt for a jerk on the right. calf.

Thomas hasn’t played an NBA game since February. February 3, 2020 when he was a member of the Washington Wizards. He played two games for Team USA in February, leading the team in scoring in FIBA ​​Ranking wins over the Bahamas and Mexico while shooting 50% from deep (6 of 12).

During the 2019-20 season, Thomas averaged 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 40 games with the Wizards.

Thomas, 32, is a two-time All-Star and was selected to the All-NBA second team in 2017 after averaging 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics and helping them become the Eastern Conference favorite. But a hip injury sustained that season has limited him ever since.