As much as Hardwood Houdini wants to see Isaiah Thomas back on the Boston Celtics, reality doesn’t seem interested in making our dreams come true this offseason.
Instead, it appears as though Thomas could end up back in the Western Conference after a short stint with the New Orleans Pelicans last season.
The Dallas Mavericks are the team working out IT, and they have a clearer path to minutes than the Cs do if Ime Udoka wants to keep his rotation tight.
Dalton Sell of HoopsHabit believes Thomas could be a good fit as a shot-creator in a lineup whose productivity is dependent on Luka Doncic:
Thomas and the Mavericks make some sense for one another. The Mavs need to put more support around Luka Dončić offensively, and while Thomas will not average 30 points per game like he used to, he could still give Dallas some quality production. Ultimately, it hinges on his health, but the former Celtic is someone everyone is pulling for to see back in the league.
We most certainly do want Thomas back on the league, and if he can’t be back in green, alongside Doncic is one of the next best things.
The two are so likeable because they don’t have the seemingly superhuman abilities guys like Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or LeBron James possess. Together, they’d form an offensively tantalizing backcourt.
Thomas would have to outplay Trey Burke, Jalen Brunson, and Tyrell Terry to find time on the floor for Dallas in 2021-22. That’s a far likelier outcome than Thomas usurping Dennis Schroder or Payton Pritchard for minutes in Boston.
If you love IT, let him go Boston Celtics fans. Let him go to Dallas where he could play more of a starring role.
Perhaps his return will come down the road when the time is right.