98.5 The Sports Hub staff report
Veteran point guard and former Celtics superstar Isaiah Thomas is once again on the hunt for a new home, as the Clippers officially waived Thomas off their roster, as first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Acquired by Los Angeles in a three-team trade deadline deal that also (and mainly) netted the Clippers fellow ex-Celtic and potential LeBron stopper Marcus Morris from the Knicks, Thomas was never quite in the Clips’ plans. In fact, it was reported almost immediately that the Clippers planned on waiving Thomas off their roster once officially acquired.
That day, of course, came on Saturday, and has put Thomas on the buyout market in search of a new team.
Could that ‘new’ team be the Celtics?
It may seem like an outlandish idea, but the Celtics could certainly use some more scoring depth off the bench. And if the 31-year-old Thomas returned to Boston, where he undoubtedly excelled under head coach Brad Stevens and even challenged for an MVP prior to his trade out of town, he would almost immediately become the No. 1 scoring threat of the Green’s bench.
Appearing in 40 games for the Wizards, the 5-foot-9 Thomas provided some noteworthy pop prior to his ‘trade’ out of DC, too, averaging 12.2 points and shooting 40.8 percent (along with a career-best 41.3 percent from deep) from the floor.
One problem when it comes a potential Thomas-Celtics reunion, however, is the lack of roster spots in Boston. The Celts could do some tinkering to create that spot, but if the Celtics are making a difficult call to free up just one roster spot, it’s hard to imagine them doing it to do anything but bolster their frontcourt depth behind Enes Kanter and Daniel Theis.
But when it comes to the idea of Thomas returning to where he became a star, maybe we should never say never.