The Twisted Ballad of ex-Celtic Isaiah Thomas
Boston, MA - One of the most bizarrely, unexpectedly haunting images in the recent history of the Boston Celtics is the video of then Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas dancing shirtless in his kitchen last summer after learning of the news that Gordon Hayward signed with Boston. He was undoubtedly excited at the potential of teaming up with the Utah talent to give Boston a deep run in the upcoming postseason.
The team up of Thomas and Hayward never came to be as later in the offseason, Boston flipped their All-NBA player for Cleveland's point guard Kyrie Irving, a move that, in hindsight, seems like it was an absolute fleecing by Boston.
Thomas was an elite scorer in Boston and he was absolutely beloved by the fans. But a nagging hip injury and the desire from Cleveland to move Kyrie prompted Danny Ainge to pull the trigger and part with the player who revitalized the Celtics franchise after losing the Big Three in Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.
For Cleveland, Thomas played a little over a month before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Channing Frye and a first round draft pick in 2018. One year removed from scoring over fifty points in a playoff game, the highest total Thomas racked up all year was twenty-nine points back in March before he was ruled out for the season later that month when he underwent hip surgery.
This offseason, the two time All-Star signed a one year contract worth the veteran's minimum with the Denver Nuggets and he does not have many believers left.
Thomas said he was "hurt" when he was initially traded by Boston, but the saddest part of the entire story comes from a report from Adrian Wojnarowski this morning where it's said that Thomas reached out to Danny Ainge this offseason and told his former general manager that he'd love to come back to Boston if the opportunity was there.
Clearly, the opportunity was not there and Thomas moved on to Denver. But Woj's report seems to say that Ainge never even considered the move as the pair spoke for barely twenty minutes.
No matter where he plays, this particular Boston fan will be rooting for IT.