With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on their way out, the Boston Celtics could use a good injection of veteran leadership.
But it won’t come from the Green’s pre-Kyrie leader, Isaiah Thomas, as there doesn’t seem to any interest in a reunion with I.T. on the Celtics’ end, according to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.
After a rocky season that was marred by poor chemistry and general unhappiness, there has been some suggestion that the Celtics should try to bring back point guard Isaiah Thomas as a backup in hopes that he could reclaim some of the magic that has eluded him since the hip injury he suffered two years ago.
Thomas has openly stated that he would welcome a return to Boston, but a league source said he will not be in the Celtics’ plans this summer.
Traded to Cleveland as part of the Irving return in Aug. 2017, it’s been a bizarre two years for the 5-foot-9 guard, as he’s suited up for just 44 games between three different organizations — the Cavs, Lakers, and Nuggets — since leaving Boston.
Thomas most recently played for the Nuggets on a veteran minimum contract, but never really found his groove, and fell out of their rotation entirely having averaged just 8.1 points per night and shooting 34.3 percent in 12 games with Denver.
It seemed as if the door would be open for a potential return to Boston — especially with Irving expected out the door and Terry Rozier likely following him to free agency — but Thomas’ fit in Boston seems like an unlikely one with the report that Kemba Walker will sign with the Celtics along with the C’s drafting a pair of guards in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
It will be interesting to see if Thomas lands on his feet with another NBA team this summer, or if the concerns regarding his hip are simply too much for teams to ignore at this point in his career.