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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.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Hawks-Celtics, which begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Enes Kanter eats marshmallows off a treadmill in hilarious TikTok video

Enes Kanter eats marshmallows off a treadmill in hilarious TikTok video

If you've been couped up in your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, chances are you've struggled to come up with ways to keep yourself entertained.

Enes Kanter doesn't appear to be having that problem, however.

The Boston Celtics big man has been posting some hilarious videos on TikTok recently, but his latest may take the cake. Kanter spent some of his time in quarantine lining up some mini marshmallows on a treadmill and attempting to get all of them into his mouth.

Bonus points for using the Super Mario 64 soundtrack. Let's just hope the treadmill was wiped down beforehand.

Boston athletes have been all over TikTok since the sports world was put on hold. Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi and Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, in particular, have made some notable videos recently.

Kanter discussed what he's been up to during his quarantine in the latest episode of The Enes Kanter Show. Subscribe and listen here.

It's a matter of when, not if, Jaylen Brown will be an NBA All-Star

It's a matter of when, not if, Jaylen Brown will be an NBA All-Star

BOSTON -- We should have seen this coming from Jaylen Brown. 

It’s not like he didn’t clue us in to how he was built differently than most players coming into the NBA. 

His first NBA start came against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game in which Brown showed absolutely no nerves, anxiety or fear of James as he went on to score a then-career-high 19 points in what was his fifth game as a pro. 

From there, Brown continued to show flashes of being an above-average talent, displaying an innate ability to successfully transition to whatever role he’s cast to play. 

With the NBA season at a standstill now, it provides us an opportunity to take in what Brown has done thus far. 

More significantly, it allows us to take inventory on what Brown’s body of work thus far tells us is on the horizon. 

The 23-year-old Brown is on course to establish himself as an All-Star whose strength lies in his versatility to impact the game at both ends of the floor. 

This season, Brown is averaging 20.3 points per game, joining teammates Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker as part of the only trio of NBA teammates this season with each averaging at least 20 points per game. 

Of that threesome, Brown’s inclusion is the most surprising when you consider it wasn’t a given that he would start, let alone drop 20 points a night, at the start of the season. 

A legit case could be made that Brown should have been an All-Star this season, with some surmising a top-two record by the Celtics prior to the break would have been enough to get him in along with Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. 

But it’s fitting that Brown’s time to shine will have to wait. 

Because on many levels, that’s been the narrative surrounding his NBA career. 

And while it would have certainly deterred some and disappointed others, it only drove Brown to continue working on his game, proving his naysayers wrong - including those who booed Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck when he announced that Boston had selected Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

“Oh, I remember,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston recently. “I definitely remember.”

But instead of dwelling on what has happened, Brown is more locked into what the future holds for both him and the Celtics. 

“Just keep getting better, keep grinding, keep working on all parts of my game,” he said. “That’s what I’ve done, to get where I’m at. So why stop now?”