Marcus Smart wishes Isaiah Thomas was back with Celtics


Former Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas is back in the NBA, with the franchise's most heated rival.

Following Boston's 111-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night, Marcus Smart, one of the only players on the C's roster to play with Isaiah Thomas, was asked about the diminutive scorer's return with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thomas' teammate from 2015-17, Smart said that he advocated for the return of IT.

"I wish it was here, but it's good to see that someone did," Smart said.

WATCH: I.T. drops 42 points in G League debut

"I’m just proud he got another chance," Smart said. "That dude is a fighter, a warrior."

Thomas, 32, dropped 42 points in an appearance for the Grand Rapids Gold of the NBA G League earlier this week prior to signing with the Lakers.

A two-time All-Star with the C's in 2016 and 2017, Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the deal which brought Kyrie Irving to Boston in the summer of 2017. Thomas was traded from the Cavs to the Lakers in the middle of the following season and has since spent time with the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and most recently, New Orleans Pelicans for three games in 2020-21.

Thomas has been hobbled by a hip injury for the better part of five years now, a factor which has complicated a return to the NBA for the last overall pick (No. 60) in the 2011 NBA Draft.