Isaiah Thomas has been the heart and soul of this Boston Celtics team since he was acquired from the Phoenix Suns. On February 19th, 2015 the Boston Celtics completed a three-team trade with the Phoenix Suns and the Detroit Pistons. The Celtics acquired Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome from the Pistons for Tayshaun Prince, and acquired PG Isaiah Thomas from the Suns for Marcus Thornton, and a 2016 1st round pick.

 

Many seem to believe Danny Ainge got away with highway robbery, once again. Danny Ainge completed one of the most lopsided trades of all time with the Brooklyn Nets. The Celtics traded away Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry for a bundle of players accompanied with the Nets 2014, 2016, and 2018 1st round picks. As well as the right to a swap in 2017. This deal changed the Celtics dynamic forever, as they now have a championship caliber team, with two possible top draft picks for the next two years.

 

Having two possible top draft picks in 2017 and 2018 provide the Celtics with a lot of options, one of them being taking on superstar PG out of UCLA Lonzo Ball, who is projected to be the #1 pick in the upcoming draft.

 

With Isaiah Thomas under contract for just one more year at a small cap hit of just $6,261,395 the Celtics should either look to extend Isaiah’s contract, or decide to hand the team over to the young talent of the coming years. In order to bring Isaiah Thomas back to Boston it will most likely come for a big pay day for the superstar point guard.

Isaiah Thomas has been an all-star since joining Boston, and has had an MVP caliber season this year averaging 29.1 PPG, and 6.0 APG. Isaiah has been the scoring presence Boston has needed, and does not let his size of just 5”9, limit him from scoring 30 points a game, many of which come in the fourth quarter. Many, if not all Celtics fans have accepted the fact that IT is in fact the “king of the fourth”. Many fans along with Thomas himself embracing the saying of  “What time is it?”.

If Isaiah leads the Celtics too a deep playoff run this year, and stays on this pace next year he will be in for a big pay-day, whether it be from the Boston Celtics or another team. Danny Ainge will most likely entertain offers for the point guard if we land someone like Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz, but hopefully Isaiah will take the beantown discount and stay here, where the fans have made him right at home.

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From a small town in Massachusetts, just a typical underachieving, washed up football player. Yuuuge Boston sports fan. I’ve experienced more championships in my 18 years than you will your whole lifetime. @dthor4199 on twitter

2 COMMENTS

  1. Nice piece, I think the smartest move for Boston is to let Thomas play out the contract next year to usher in the young PG that they will most likely select this year. Going on 29 next year he will likely command max money if he continues to play the way he does, but at 5’9 the physical aspect will begin to take a toll as he gets older. Don’t get me wrong Isaiah has become one of my favorite players to watch personally, but to give a 29 year old max money with his defense and overall physical issues that he will face getting older, I think it’s easier to usher in a Fultz or Ball next year and prepare to hand the team over.

  2. I agree with Brandon. I actually think Lonzo Ball would be a perfect fit for the Celts as we have weapons at every position. I think Al Horford could come into his own and start to be worth his max contract with a point guard who looks to distribute the ball. As great as Isaiah has been this year, the refs tend to ‘let the boys play’ in the play-offs, which was clearly exhibited in last years series against the Hawks.

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