Celtics want to compete with the Pistons, Mavs, Suns and Lakers to sign Sacramento Kings restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas.
Isaiah Thomas is attracting a lot of interest, understandably.
Despite his height (he’s only 5’9) he is a productive point guard who can score on his opponent just as easily as he distributes the ball.
He was the very last pick of the 2011 draft and quite frankly he has been a bargain, probably the biggest bargain in the league, though LeBron James may have something to say about that.
The Celtics drafted a point guard, Marcus Smart, with the sixth pick in the draft, and of course they already have Rajon Rondo. Signing Isaiah Thomas would make it three quality point guards on the same roster; something has to give, and it looks like it will be Rajon Rondo.
Rondo is no stranger to trade rumours. When Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were shipped to Brooklyn as part of a rebuilding process it was assumed that Rondo was next. General manager Danny Ainge hasn’t convinced that he is willing to rebuild around the star point guard.
Thomas provides more scoring potency than Rondo, a significant factor because shooting guard teammate Avery Bradley is also point shy, and it might be the case that Ainge is now ready to reshape the team without Rondo. .
As far as Isaiah Thomas is concerned, Boston is an attractive destination assuming he is the starting point guard. The Celtics have a recent championship history and Danny Ainge is itching to get back to championship contention.
The Celtics are also in a weaker conference than Sacramento. Even if the Kings can improve on what they already have it likely still won’t be enough to make the playoffs, let alone a solid playoff run.