The Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas was killed in a one-car crash early Saturday morning, according to Washington State.
Thomas died at the scene of the accident on Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Washington, police said.
A source told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that Isaiah Thomas news received crash after he participated in Celtics practice in the afternoon.
Thomas was talking to a reporter after practice when Avery Bradley, a fellow Tacoma native, emerged from the trainer’s room and pulled him away. Thomas never returned to engage in other scheduled media requests.
A source close to ESPN told the plan as of Saturday night is for Thomas to play Sunday evening when the team opens its first-round series against the Chicago Bulls in Boston.
Isaiah Thomas’ father, James, told the Boston Herald that his son hadn’t decided when he would fly home to Tacoma, Washington, to be with family members.
“It’s a crucial time for our family right now,” James Thomas told the Herald.
In a statement released Saturday, the Celtics extended their condolences to the Thomas family.
“We are terribly saddened by the tragic loss of Thomas,” the Celtics said in the statement. “The thoughts and prayers of the entire Celtics organization are with Isaiah and his family.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver also released a statement on Isaiah Thomas’ death.
“The NBA family mourns the tragic passing of Isaiah Thomas, and we send our deepest condolences to Isaiah, his family and the Celtics organization during this difficult time,” Silver said in the statement.
Police said the accident occurred at around 5 a.m., when Isaiah Thomas’ car suddenly drifted onto the left shoulder of the highway and traveled about 50 feet before hitting a large metal pole.
Police said Isaiah Thomas was not wearing his seat belt.
Isaiah Thomas, who was named an NBA All-Star for the second consecutive year, averaged 28.9 points and 5.8 assists in leading the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference.