Well, it looks like Trader Danny did it again.
Minutes before the 3 p.m Trade Deadline, the Celtics traded Marcus Thornton and a 2016 1st round pick from Cleveland to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Isaiah Thomas. The 5-foot-9 point guard has been averaging just over 15 points a game and almost 4 assists in just over 25 minutes per game this season.
This trade is perfect for both the Celtics and Thomas for a variety of reasons. Isaiah Thomas is locked up for the foreseeable future at an absolute steal. Thomas is under contract until the 2018 season, making just under $7 million per season. While Thomas is not a franchise player, he would be an extremely good option as a 6th man on a championship level team. Because the Celtics are obviously not at that level yet, he can contribute valuable minutes to the team while they try to develop Marcus Smart. While Thomas is not comparable to Avery Bradley defensively, he can play off the ball with Marcus Smart because of his unique scoring ability. The Celtics now also have a player that can make a shot in crunch time.
For Isaiah Thomas, Boston is the perfect fit. He was not getting the minutes that he deserved in Phoenix. Although he was playing with better players in Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, Thomas can create his own shot and should flourish in Boston.
The Celtics tried to go after Thomas in the offseason and rightfully so. Last season, in 54 games as a starter, he averaged 21.2 ppg and 6.8 apg in 37.7 minutes per game. This season, however, Thomas came off the bench and all of his numbers went down drastically. If the Celtics let Isaiah Thomas play significant minutes, he will flourish. The Celtics just got an All-Star caliber player for close to nothing and look to be heading in the right direction.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS