Toucher & Rich: Danny Ainge closes door on Isaiah Thomas return

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

No need to get your "King in the Fourth" shirt out of storage. Isaiah Thomas won't be coming back to the Boston Celtics, at least not any time soon.

Speaking with 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich Thursday morning, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that while the team is actively exploring the buyout market, Thomas isn't the kind of player he's hoping to pick up.

“I love Isaiah, I just don’t - I'm not sure that he’s the right fit for us," Ainge told T&R. "but I'm not sure that he’s not. We're still evaluating to see who becomes available on the open market. We're hoping that maybe somebody who is more of a need and a better fit [becomes available], but who knows, we’ll see.”

Thomas was waived by the Clippers last week after being involved in a three-team deadline deal. IT2 spent the first half of the season with the Washington Wizards, averaging 12.2 points and 3.7 assists in 40 games.

Ainge said that while neither Thomas nor any other player available fits the Celtics' needs right now, the team is not done looking for a piece to add.

“Well, there’s nothing on the buyout market that we’re interested in doing right now. But we’re going to continue to evaluate that all the way up until March 1.” That date marks the deadline for players to sign and be eligible for the postseason.

Listen to Toucher & Rich's full interview with Danny Ainge:

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