Chowder and Champions' Devon Platana believes that a significant financial sacrifice from Isaiah Thomas -- in the form of the guard taking a 10-day contract -- could facilitate a return to the Boston Celtics that fans have been clamoring for since 2017.
"The Celtics do have one roster spot remaining and I doubt Thomas would command anything more than a veteran minimum deal at this stage of his career," Platana prefaced before saying, "He's also signed five 10-day contracts since 2021, meaning he might be open to another one if Brad Stevens needs a sample size before committing for the rest of the campaign."
Thomas recently told Forbes' Mat Issa that he's still working out and staying ready for his chance at an NBA return.
“I’m still trying to play the game of basketball," Thomas prefaced before saying, "I want to get back to the NBA. So, I’m still working out and staying ready.”
Isaiah Thomas would be play muted role on current-day Boston Celtics
The emotional high of having IT back in the locker room would not be lost on Jaylen Brown, and everyone else who wasn't part of the team would very quickly understand Thomas' importance to the TD Garden faithful.
The pomp and pageantry of Thomas in a Celtics uniform would be unmatched. That first make for the five-foot-nine Messiah would hit like an ice cold glass of water at 3 am. But Thomas wouldn't play a major role on the current-day Cs.
Payton Pritchard's development is paramount for a team that needs cost-controlled talent, and Pritchard's wrapping up his fourth season in a Celtics jersey; a longer tenure than what Thomas had in Boston. When the playoffs come around, he may even be glued to the pine, but he needs regular-season reps.
Thomas returning would be a great story, but it wouldn't define the Celtics' season by any stretch.