Isaiah Thomas

Danny Ainge admits nothing on buyout market interests Celtics right now, including Isaiah Thomas

Danny Ainge admits nothing on buyout market interests Celtics right now, including Isaiah Thomas

The Boston Celtics didn't make any moves ahead of last week's NBA trade deadline, which means the buyout market is their lone avenue to improve the roster before the NBA playoffs begin in April.

There hasn't been a ton of movement on the buyout market so far, and Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday morning that nothing is in the works for Boston at the moment.

"There's nothing on the buyout market that we're interested in doing right now," Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher & Rich" show. "But we're going to continue to evaluate that all the way up until March 1."

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Does that mean no Isaiah Thomas return in Boston?

"Not right now," Ainge said. "We're not doing anything at this moment. I love Isaiah, I'm not sure that he's the right fit for us, but I'm not sure that he's not. We're still evaluating to see who comes available on the open market. We're hoping that maybe somebody that's more of a need and a better fit, but who knows, we'll see."

Thomas began the season with the Washington Wizards, who sent him to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a three-team trade on a deadline day that also included the New York Knicks. The Clippers waived Thomas, making him an unrestricted free agent.

"I think it's a challenge with Kemba (Walker) and Isaiah, the size at the guard position," Ainge said. "Coming off playing the Houston Rockets, as an example, their guards are huge. James Harden and Russell Westbrook are incredible athletes with power and strength. I think that makes it tough. I don't think that that is a great fit for our team right now. But again, Isaiah has skills, he has talents that we could use -- 3-point shooting and scoring. But we've talked about this, whenever you trying to fill a hole, you're creating another hole most of the time, unless that player is a two-way, big, solid player. We could use some of the things he does on a positive side, and his size and defense are not ideal for our team because we already have a small guard we have to work around in some matchups."

Players must be waived by March 1 to have playoff roster eligibility on their new teams, so there's still a few weeks for Ainge and the Celtics to look for upgrades.

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Celtics fans plead for Isaiah Thomas to return to Boston if waived

Celtics fans plead for Isaiah Thomas to return to Boston if waived

An Isaiah Thomas-Boston reunion would be very satisfying for Celtics fans near and far.

Thomas was traded from the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, but he will reportedly be waived by L.A. If that happens, Thomas will be on the buyout market and available to sign with any team.

Where will he land? Well, C's fans certainly made their feelings known following Thomas' recent tweet thanking the Wizards organization.

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We can't even explain how many responses to Thomas' tweet were along the lines of "come back to Boston!" because there were so many. You can really feel the love for Thomas in Boston.

However, our Celtics insiders A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg believe Thomas wouldn't necessarily fit in with the C's right now.

Celtics Talk Podcast: Could Isaiah Thomas return to Boston?

Celtics Talk Podcast: Could Isaiah Thomas return to Boston?

The Boston Celtics didn't make any noise at the 2020 NBA trade deadline, but they could still look to make a move via the buyout market.

That's where they may find old friend Isaiah Thomas, who reportedly will be bought out by the Los Angeles Clippers after being traded by the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

The former Celtics guard is one of several potential buyout candidates who could appeal to Boston, but would he be a good fit on this year's squad? A. Sherrod Blakely and Chris Forsberg discussed on the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast.

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Blakely believes Thomas would have trouble adjusting to a new role with the Celtics, three years removed from being the star in Boston.

I think that the challenge that he would have in coming back to Boston is accepting a different role than he's used to. He's not going to be 20-25 minute a game I.T., even on a good day. He's going to be more like Brad Wanamaker minutes where you come in, make a few shots, play 10-15 minutes, you go home, the team wins by seven. That's your job.

I think he is at that point now where he knows it's either play for a bad team and put up numbers that people aren't going to buy, or play for a good team, put up so-so numbers, but at least you're impacting winning.

Forsberg simply doesn't see Thomas fitting in with the C's at this point in his career.

Love I.T., was really excited for the potential that he would go and compete for a championship, I don't think it's a fit for Boston. Like, he's just not the same player. I don't think he fits what they need. I mean, he's not going to rekindle his 3-point shooting. He's not a spot-up kind of guy, he needs the ball in his hands.

For the full I.T. conversation, along with an exclusive 1-on-1 with Danny Ainge, check out the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, available on the NBC Sports Boston Podcast Network and YouTube.

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