Isaiah Thomas speaks out on if he’d be open to playing in Boston again
Isaiah Thomas says he would be open to playing for the Boston Celtics again.
The Washington Wizards traded Thomas to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline. The Clippers then waived Thomas, who is now an unrestricted free agent after clearing waivers:
“For sure, if the opportunity presented itself,” Thomas told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “I hold no grudges, and they know that. 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.”
With the Wizards, Thomas was hoping to show people he could still play at a high level. He hasn’t been the same superstar player since suffering that hip injury with the Celtics in 2017. Thomas struggled with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers during the 2017-18 season and fell out of the Denver Nuggets’ playing rotation last season.
While Thomas showed some flashes of his old self with the Wizards, it apparently wasn’t enough to keep him on the roster. Thomas played in 40 games for the Wizards. He averaged 12.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 41.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.
Basketball fans are hoping Thomas will be picked up by a team once he clears waivers, but right now it doesn’t look like it will be Boston. Celtics president Danny Ainge recently shot down that idea.
In 525 games with the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Celtics, Cavs, Lakers, Nuggets and Wizards, Isaiah Thomas has career averages of 18.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. He’s a two-time All-Star.