Should the Celtics try to sign Isaiah Thomas?

Chad Finn says no.

Isaiah Thomas
Isaiah Thomas during a playoff series between the Celtics and Wizards in 2017. –AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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Should the Celtics be considering bringing back Isaiah Thomas? He doesn’t appear to have many options, and he’d be a perfect sixth man. — Steve H.


I understand why some fans would feel this way, but no, they should not.

Thomas was a great player for the Celtics, and one who helped to deliver one of the more enjoyable non-championships seasons (2016-17) in franchise history. He got Boston, played his heart out, scored almost at will at times, and ultimately cost himself millions upon millions of dollars by playing through a hip injury in the ’17 postseason. He cared. He should be remembered with admiration.

But the fit isn’t there for a lot of reasons. If the Celtics retain Marcus Smart — and I still believe they will — they can only pay Thomas the $5.3 million mid-level exception. I’m not sure that’s where they want to spend that money, and that’s a heck of a pay cut for someone who was dreaming of Brinks trucks not so long ago.

The bigger reason is that he’s not a fit on the court. Thomas was a scorer above all else, and a somewhat ball-dominant one. That doesn’t fit on a roster with Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and Jayson Tatum all looking for shots. The Celtics don’t need what Thomas does best, and he doesn’t do much else beyond scoring. I imagine it would be difficult for him to come back to a place where he had essentially free rein with the basketball only to realize that no longer would be the case.


It was fun having him here for a couple of seasons. I hope he gets a decent deal somewhere and returns to good health. But as much as Boston loves him, and as much as that was reciprocated, I don’t think there’s a spot for him here now.

What do you think? Should the Celtics have interest in Isaiah Thomas? I’ll hear you in the comments.

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