Boston Celtics

Feb 1, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas (4) during the the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Yet another NBA trade deadline has come and gone without a move from Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. However, the Celtics appear far from done trying to add to their roster.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Celtics are expected to be one of the favorites to land forward Tristan Thompson if he is bought out by Cleveland (the Cavaliers traded for Andre Drummond earlier in the day). However, the Athletic’s David Aldridge is reporting that the Cavs aren’t expected to buy out Thompson’s contract.

The Celtics appear to be in the market for a guard as well. A report yesterday linked them to Evan Turner, who is expected to be bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves. While the ‘Wolves made a number of trades at the deadline, Turner was not involved.

One other player heading to the buyout market may draw more attention from Celtics fans than the actual team. After being included as part of a package between LA and New York, point guard Isaiah Thomas will reportedly be bought out by the Clippers. Fans have long hoped for a reunion between the Celtics and Thomas ever since he was traded by the Celtics in the Kyrie Irving deal in 2017.

With Kemba Walker dealing with knee issues, would the Celtics look to sure up the point guard position by adding Turner or Thomas? Or will they focus on a front court move and wait to see who else becomes available? As these situations evolve, the team will have to turn its attention to Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden. Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell will have the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting at 6:30.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at