Based on comments made to MassLive’s Brian Robb on November 1 during the Indiana Pacers’ historic 51-point loss to the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden, former two-time Celtic Daniel Theis sure sounds like he’ll be on the trade block soon.
“Obviously after a great summer, I’m not happy with the situation I’m in right now,” Theis told MassLive in reference to his gold medal-winning time with Germany at the 2023 FIBA World Cup and his current lack of playing time with the Pacers. “I want to play and take all the good stuff from the summer into the season but it’s a long season. We are going to see what’s going on and what’s happening.”
Having not appeared in a single game during the 2023-24 season, Theis is being underutilized on a team that has prioritized Myles Turner and Jalen Smith. While Rick Carlisle has his reasons for who he trusts with Indiana’s frontcourt minutes, Theis has every reason to want more than what he’s received this season.
Another reunion with Boston Celtics makes sense for Daniel Theis
Theis’s contract has a club option for the 2024-25 season and, the center is currently on a club that doesn’t value him. Indiana could be seeking cap space this offseason, while the Boston Celtics will have none and need the trade market to make any significant splashes; using several aggregated contracts at the end of the bench to acquire a serviceable seventh man in the lineup.
You know where the Houdini is going with this.
Having proven capable of fitting alongside Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and later being a perfect third big man on an Eastern Conference Championship-winning team, Theis is a proven entity — and Boston doesn’t have that in their frontcourt beyond Kristaps Porzingis and Al Horford.
The time is now for the Celtics to make things right and bring back Theis. Again.