One question for the Celtics as the trade deadline approaches on Thursday is whether the rebuilding franchise would be buyers or sellers. According to a couple recent reports, it appears the latter scenario is a distinct possibility.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com is reporting Boston is interested in upgrading the team’s roster now by trading for Suns reserve point guard Isaiah Thomas:
If Suns management decides to unload Thomas, the Celtics will be among the teams to look closely at swinging a deal for the 5-foot-9 guard, a league source told CSNNE.com on Tuesday.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe confirmed Boston’s interest in Thomas on Tuesday night.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 18, 2015
The Celtics showed interest in signing Thomas, who is averaging 15.2 points and 3.7 assists this year, during free agency this past summer. The 26-year-old eventually signed a four-year contract for $28 million with Sacramento, before being sent to Phoenix in a sign-and-trade deal.
Boston has the assets to acquire Thomas in a deal, via future draft picks and/or young players, but the bigger question is will the Suns be willing to deal. The X Factor? Phoenix may also be dealing starting point guard Goran Dragic before Thursday’s deadline, after the soon-to-be free agent informed the team he would re-sign with them this summer.
If Dragic is moved, it’s hard to envision the Suns moving Thomas as well, as that would deplete the Suns’ point guard depth in the midst of the race.
No matter what Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough decides, this is a situation to keep an eye on in the next couple days.