Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics have quite a busy offseason ahead of them. Not only do they have to figure out what the hell is going on with Kyrie Irving, but then they have to figure out what to do with the rest of the roster once he makes his decision. One thing that’s for sure is the Celtics are going to need another point guard, whether it’s a starter or backing up Kyrie.
The market for point guards will be a strong one this offseason. Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, D’Angelo Russell (RFA), Ricky Rubio, Derrick Rose, Terry Rozier, and Rajon Rondo will have the attention of quite a few teams once free agency begins on June 30.
I’ve mentioned before how Ricky Rubio can be a viable replacement for Kyrie since at that point, the team would focus on building around Jayson and Jaylen, and Rubio would compliment them well. Terry Rozier could very likely make his way back to Boston as a starter if Kyrie leaves, too. But one name we haven’t mentioned yet is Isaiah Thomas. Remember that guy?
I can go on for hours and hours about Isaiah Thomas, but I’ll sum it up in a few sentences for you guys. Isaiah Thomas was the literal heart of Boston for more than two years. Coming to Boston as a sixth man, he led the Celtics to a playoff berth in just a few short months. He became an All-Star his next two seasons in Boston, was a top-5 MVP candidate in 2017 and put on some of the greatest performances Boston fans have ever seen.
Unfortunately, his time in Boston was short-lived. He got seriously injured during his last playoff run and was traded later that summer for Kyrie Irving. Although many say that Danny Ainge fleeced the Cavaliers, it was heartbreaking seeing Isaiah leave, especially after all he had gone through in the months prior.
The best thing about Isaiah is he doesn’t hold any hard feelings towards the organization or the fans. He made it known to Danny Ainge last summer that he would’ve loved to come back to Boston. Our plans for last season didn’t include Isaiah Thomas, but this year may be different.
The Celtics are going to be looking for a new guard one way or the other. We all know what Isaiah Thomas can do when given the ball and the spotlight. He puts on a show and can turn into one of the best scorers in the game. Don’t believe me? Watch this and tell me differently:
I’d welcome Isaiah Thomas back in a heartbeat, but if he were to come to Boston, things would have to change. It wouldn’t be like his last stint in Boston where the team revolved around him and he was the face of the franchise. This time, he’s either going to have to be content backing up Kyrie Irving or taking a back seat to Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Isaiah Thomas will provide much-needed scoring in whichever role he plays, but he needs to understand his role and not step on the toes of those ahead of him.
With all that being said, I think it would work out because of the love and respect Isaiah Thomas has for the Celtics’ organization and the fans. At the end of the day, Boston turned him into a superstar, and although he hasn’t had the best of seasons since being traded, he can still make a huge impact given a chance. I would love to see him get another chance in Boston.