After unstable situations with the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns, Isaiah Thomas finally found a home with the Boston Celtics at the 2014-15 trade deadline. Against all odds, Thomas has established himself as one of the league's best players after averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists this past season.
Armed with a championship-caliber team and numerous assets, the Celtics have positioned themselves well for the present and future. However, after the 2017-18 NBA season, Thomas is set to become an unrestricted free agent. When asked about the Celtics, Thomas had the following to say according to Adam Kaufman of WBZ News Radio:
Isaiah Thomas: "Boston knows where my heart is at. I would love to be back. I would love to be here for years to come." #Celtics https://t.co/OiwYrUyG4K
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) August 8, 2017
After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston has strengthened their roster by drafting Jayson Tatum and signing Gordon Hayward. With Kyrie Irving's future uncertain in Cleveland, there may be an opportunity for the Celtics to finally dethrone LeBron James after seven consecutive Finals appearances.
With the Celtics trading down in order to select Tatum over Markelle Fultz, that may very well be an indication they are willing to commit to Thomas long-term. However, it will come at a steep price as the Celtics can re-sign him to a five-year, $179 million max contract extension.
Thomas previously signed a four-year, $27 million deal with the Kings.