Isaiah Thomas is having a hard time staying in one franchise this year, but it’s not for lack of selling himself to league executives. He notably expressed the wish to play in a precise team… However, this one quite simply ignored him.
Lakers, Mavericks and now the Hornets: Isaiah Thomas refuses to abdicate and does everything he can to stay in the NBA. The pocket leader now wants to settle in North Carolina, but before that, he had mainly hit a competitor in the East: the Celtics. He knows the house well, and each time he found himself on the market, he hoped that they would offer him a contract, as he explains to The Athletic :
There is no escaping it, the whole world thought so. When Brad Stevens got the job as the new GM there, I thought that would be an option. Brad knows what I bring to the table. So it’s nothing I have to explain to him, you know what I mean?
Isaiah Thomas snubbed by the Celtics
Indeed, many were those who expected a meeting between the elf and his ex-stable. After all, it was with her that the former 60th draft pick had his best career campaign, with nearly 29 points per game in 2016-17. His career took a turn for the worse after that, but the player remains very popular in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, as explained by the Boston Globethe franchise systematically refused via its GM Brad Stevens, who had coached the guard in the past:
He had plenty of opportunities to sign Isaiah Thomas, even on a 10-day contract. But, privately, the organization believes Thomas wouldn’t play much and is below par defensively, and Stevens is reluctant to waste a roster spot, especially in the face of a potential backlash if Thomas doesn’t. doesn’t have a renewed 10-day contract.
One can understand the final decision of the C’s boss, given the very unstable status of the player. IT may have been a key figure in the Greens and Whites over the past decade, but is he really worth the risk? Especially since with Dennis Schröder, Bean Town really has nothing to complain about in this position. That’s good, Thomas does not show more resentment than that towards his former coach, being lucid about the situation:
I’m not mad at him. It’s just decisions they made, which is good. I am not in this plan. It’s just that I thought that with the opportunity that seemed to present itself, I thought that I would be an option to come back. But that was not the case.
Isaiah Thomas clearly wouldn’t have said no to a meeting with Boston, but that won’t be happening anytime soon. What does it matter for the point guard who must continue to prove himself to the Hornets, in order to stay until the end of the season.