The Celtics Are Interested in Bringing Back Isaiah Thomas (and Basically Everybody Else Who Played For Them in the 2010s)
The 2016-17 Celtics are one of my favorite non-championship teams in Boston history. Sure, they were fraudulent AF as possibly the worst #1 seed in NBA history and probably would've lost to the Bulls had Rondo stayed healthy, but they were a ton of fun and truly brought the C's back into the national mix after the Brooklyn trade. They did as much as they could with the roster they had.
Despite the scumminess of how the I.T. trade went down, there's no denying the C's made the right deal, even with Kyrie not working out at all. When given that opportunity, you have to make that deal, and I.T. clearly hasn't been the same player since he left Boston due to a litany of injuries.
But the little guy, as the late, great Tommy Heinsohn called him, is still beloved around these parts. How could he not be? The dude almost averaged 30 PPG at like 4 foot 10 and scored 53 in a playoff game after his sister died. I.T. is full of heart and easy to root for. I don't remember much these days (by design), but I cannot forget the countless calls to bring back I.T. I've seen on Twitter with how much he's bounced around since 2017.
It looks like Celtics fan might get their wish with an I.T. reunion. Apparently, the New Head of Basketball Ops is his biggest fan (this is Stan). I believe that some guys just perform better on certain teams. Look at Nick Foles in Philly vs. anywhere else. I have no issues with bringing back I.T. for a veteran minimum to see if the magic can be recaptured. This seems like a perfect low-risk, high-reward signing to me.
Isaiah Thomas might not be the only former Celtic who could return to Boston (Don't forget that Al Horford is already on the roster again).
I'm not sure if replicating the 2017 C's is best for the 2021-21 C's, but if you're a sentimental fan or hold on to old jerseys, this is excellent news for you. I wonder what Jared Sullinger is up to? At least he's not 30 yet (how crazy is that?).