Kemba Walker is expected to be the Celtics new point guard with Kyrie Irving likely headed to Brooklyn. Signing Walker also means the Celtics will allow Rozier to become an unrestricted free agent, and it’ll make it next to impossible to re-sign him. Marcus Smart could serve as one of the team’s ballhandlers, as could Gordon Hayward. But there’s another option out there who may sign for the minimum and already knows what it’s like to play in Boston.
He was, of course, traded from Boston as part of the deal that brought Irving to town two years ago. With Irving gone and chemistry reportedly an issue for the team last season, Thomas could help get the C’s back on track.
However, according to The Globe‘s Adam Himmelsbach, “Thomas will not be in the Celtics’ plans this summer,” despite his interest in returning to Boston.
It’s no secret the city still thinks highly of Thomas for his heartfelt, dominating performance with the Celtics before a hip injury sidelined him early in the 2017 postseason, which was later followed by the trade that sent him to Cleveland. When Thomas returned to the TD Garden back on March 18 with the Nuggets, he was greeted with video tributes, standing ovations, and chants from the crowd.
But, ever since the two-time All-Star sustained the injury to his right hip and had surgery last year, he hasn’t been the same player that Boston knew.
In his 2016-17 campaign with the Celtics, Thomas averaged a career-high 28.9 points, while also recording 5.9 assists, shooting 46.3 percent from the field, and 37.9 percent from beyond the arc. He has since only competed in a total of 44 games over the last two years, most recently with the Nuggets, where he averaged 8.1 points in 15.1 minutes.
Thomas plans on turning this around next season, telling ESPN “Nobody knew what to expect with me coming off hip surgery last year, and two summers of rehab. Now I can go back to being a gym rat this summer, work on my game again, and build my body back up – my muscle mass, my leg strength – all like I had going into the 2017 season.”
Though, it looks like his anticipated return won’t be in green and white.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog