Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas feels a big payday is coming and the team knows they need to show him the money.
Coming off the best season of his career, the All-Star guard feels it is time to cash and earn a max contract. The amount of heart and the 28.9 points a game he averaged last season says he deserves the max. However, his recent hip injury and size may suggest he is not worth a max deal.
Whether he gets one or not is up to the Boston Celtics – or some other team out there.
"“I’m a max guy,” Thomas said in an interview with Comcast on Friday. “I deserve the max and we’re just going to continue to take care of business on the court and let the cards fall where they may. I’m happy for all the guards and all the other guys getting their money, because they deserve it. But my time is coming. They know they’ve got to bring the Brinks truck out. They know that.”"
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That comment suggests that Thomas may not be willing to take a hometown discount. But, with guards like Kyle Lowry and Jrue Holliday casing in, the 5-foot-9 guard would at least receive a paycheck similar to what those players brought in.
With the recent trade of Avery Bradley and the team passing on point guard Markelle Fultz, it does appear that Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is prepared to give Thomas what he wants.
As far as the hip goes, Isaiah Thomas says he is feeling better and hopes to avoid surgery. He is on the books for $6.2 million this upcoming season.
Thomas on Avery Bradley trade
Isaiah Thomas is on the record saying newly acquired forward Gordon Hayward is the piece the team needs to get to the finals. In order to fit Hayward financially, the team had to trade one of his best friends.
When asked his opinion on the Avery Bradley trade, Thomas had mixed emotions.
"“He’s meant everything,” Thomas told A. Sherrod Blakely. “That’s one of my best friends, someone I grew up with. To wake up and see that this morning…that’s the business of the game.”"
In saying that, Thomas knows the team needed to add Hayward to make it to the next level. Along with Al Horford, Thomas said Hayward is the star the team needed to help the team get over the hump.
While the scoring Gordon Hayward brings will help, the team still needs to address their rebounding issue.
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