Former Boston Celtics fan-favorite floor general Isaiah Thomas pitched the Milwaukee Bucks on Twitter/X in the hopes the Wisconsin-based franchise could use a backup to their superstar acquisition, Damian Lillard.
“Need a backup?” Thomas asked in a quote tweet of Hoop Central’s post sharing the updated 10-man roster in the immediate aftermath of the three-team deal.
Milwaukee gave up two starters, Jrue Holiday and Grayson Allen, in order to land the Portland Trail Blazers point guard. While Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo will certainly be called upon to do the bulk of the facilitation for the Bucks offense, there is certainly a need behind the former in the backcourt. Though Thomas sat out the entire 2022-23 but has stated a desire to return for the 2023-24 season.
Isaiah Thomas signing with the Bucks would be pure heartbreak for the Boston Celtics fanbase
Thomas signing with the Bucks would be a true gut-punch to the Boston Celtics fanbase; one that has had passive excitement thinking about the possibility of a return to Beantown for the 2016-17 MVP candidate.
Thomas has played on seven teams since being erroneously traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the package that brought back notorious locker room problem Kyrie Irving, and with each new franchise, it increasingly feels as though a return is heartbreakingly unlikely.
Joining Milwaukee at this very moment, when the Celtics need a point guard, and instead of considering Thomas would rather roll with Derrick White and Jayson Tatum out of position at the 1, feels like it’d be the end of the IT return dream.
Many fans likely want to see the best for Thomas regardless of whether his road leads back to Boston, but watching him contribute on an in-conference contender sounds like a deep dagger that’d hurt for a long time.
There’s never been more urgency for Brad Stevens to bring back the man who brought the Cs to the 2017 Eastern Conference Championship and became King of the Fourth under his watch.