— Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck) June 3, 2020
— Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck) June 4, 2020
Isaiah Thomas wanting to return to Boston isn’t something that should catch Boston fans by surprise. Thomas has said in the past that he would be open to a return to Boston. In fact, he says that he holds “no grudges” against the organization.
“For sure, if the opportunity presented itself. I hold no grudges, and they know that,” Thomas told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “I have genuine love for the city of Boston. If that were to happen, I’d love to be part of what they have going on. You never know. I’m always open for any opportunity to be in the NBA and play the game that I love at the highest level. If that opportunity presents itself, for sure. Time has passed.”
Judging by the tweet that I put out, a ton of Boston fans agreed that they would welcome Isaiah Thomas back with open arms. In fact, some supporters say they’d even pick him up at the airport and pay for his first meal back in Boston.
Let me say this: if Isaiah Thomas were to return to Boston, Celtics fans shouldn’t expect much. Thomas has been bouncing around the league since being traded from Boston in 2017. He hasn’t been able to find a consistent role with any team. Although he’s shown that he still has that scoring ability we once saw while he was in Boston.
The way the team is set up, I can’t imagine Isaiah Thomas being a leading-scorer off the bench. Instead, I see him being a significant locker room influence on the young players and somebody the players would love to have around. Plus, the city of Boston ADORES “the Little Guy.” Not only would it be great for the team, but for the culture as well.
Do I believe Isaiah Thomas can come back and be a leading contributor off the bench? Of course I do. I just think the Celtics would look to their younger talent first.
Let’s look at Tremont Waters, for example. He was a stud in the G League. Plus, whenever he played valuable minutes on the Celtics, he made an impact.
Even though he had a below-average rookie season, I think there’s still plenty of time for Carsen Edwards to prove he can compete at the highest level. He’s a shooter, and when he gets hot, he gets hot. Edwards and Waters are players that need minutes to continue to evolve and become better players.
I won’t mention even Brad Wanamaker because he’s the player that Boston fans wouldn’t really have an issue letting go of if that meant bringing Isaiah Thomas back.
The point is, if Isaiah Thomas were to come back and wants to be a viable scoring option off the bench for Boston, he’d have to earn it. He’ll have to earn his minutes and prove he can still ball like he once did. If it meant returning to Boston, I can imagine Thomas would be accepting of any role he’s given. I think he’d be the best locker room guy for this team. But if need be, he can also be the top scorer that the bench desperately needs.
Only time will tell. But, Isaiah Thomas wanting to return to Boston is something that people have been speculating for a while. I still have my Isaiah Thomas jersey hanging up in my room. If he comes back, I will gladly bring it down and rock it to every Celtics game I go to.
I said this in an article I wrote about Isaiah nearly one year ago, and I still feel the same way.
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.
Danny Ainge, it might be time to bring Isaiah Thomas home.
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-Dante Turo (@DanteOnDeck)
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