Celtics Talk: All-Star Guard Isaiah Thomas Continues To Talk Publicly About A Max Deal That Might Not Come From Boston
Speaking to Comcast on Friday, Boston Celtics Guard Isaiah Thomas made it clear that when his contract expires after the coming season, he expects to earn a max contract.
“I’m a max guy,” Thomas told the station. “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.”
Toronto’s Kyle Lowry received a three-year, $100 million deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors. Jrue Holiday got five years and $126 million from the New Orleans Pelicans.
Thomas averaged 28.9 points a game last year, Thomas is a max contract guy and could get an offer from a team with that kind of money. But his hip’s health could be in question with surgery still on the table.
“I’m feeling better,” Thomas said. “I’m taking steps toward my goal and that’s getting back on the court. I haven’t been able to play basketball yet, but I’m getting a lot better.”
While Thomas is deserving of the max and has publicly said he wants one, there is reason to believe it won’t be from Boston. For example, Zach Lowe of ESPN thinks Isaiah and the Celtics will be in the $20-23 million per year range. Giving Thomas the max will not make sense for the Celtics, but what are we talking here max money, or max money and length?
Boston could be willing to go max money on a 3-year deal, but a 5 year? Probably unlikely to happen. Thomas could, of course, hit the open market if he wants. He would certainly get the offer he wants from another team. But the unknown variable here is how much does he want to win.