Isaiah Thomas Willing To Play For Celtics Again, ‘I Hold No Grudges, And They Know That’

Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Since he parted ways with the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017, things didn’t go well for veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas. Aside from his failure to secure a huge payday, Thomas is also having a hard time finding a team that he could call his home. Despite his expressing his commitment to helping the Washington Wizards turn things around in the 2019-20 NBA season, they still ended up moving Thomas to the Los Angeles Clippers before the February trade deadline.

Though they were in need of a playmaker during that time, the Clippers still decided to waive Thomas two days after that deal. As of now, he has yet to be claimed in the buyout market, but he remains optimistic that he will receive an opportunity to continue playing in the 2019-20 season. In a recent interview with Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, Thomas discussed the current status of his professional career.

Thomas revealed that he’s currently healthy and just waiting for the “next opportunity.” Though he didn’t mention any specific teams, the point guard said that there are some who already expressed interest in adding him to their roster. When asked if he would consider playing for the Celtics again, he didn’t think twice before giving his answer.

“For sure, if the opportunity presented itself. 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.”

It would definitely be a nice thing to see Thomas wearing a Celtics jersey once again. Though he only played two-and-a-half seasons with the Celtics, the 31-year-old had become a fan-favorite in Boston where he became more popular with his nickname, “King in the Fourth.” He may no longer become an All-Star-caliber player again, but he would still be a welcome addition to the team.

Thomas would give the Celtics a very reliable primary backup for Kemba Walker and secondary playmaker who has plenty of playoff experience. Though there are plenty of new faces in Boston, he likely won’t have a difficult time fitting in since he’s very familiar with head coach Brad Stevens’ system. Unfortunately, as of now, the Celtics haven’t shown any indication that they are interested in bringing their former star point guard back this season.