Let me start off by saying this: after watching the way he performed against Memphis and Oklahoma City, I've finally believed the Green Teamers. Isaiah Thomas is a superstar-caliber player on this team. That being said, there are still a handful of point guards that I would take over the 5'9" phenom.
The way this Celtics roster is set up, however, they still need that second superstar player to compete for ayes NBA title again. Despite many good players, young or seasoned, they don't have a player with that type of ceiling except for Isaiah.
Many rumors have been swirling throughout the past few seasons about Danny Ainge making a big splash in the free agent market, or even via trade. But since the deal that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to Brooklyn, Ainge hasn't really followed through on his promises to Celtics Nation.
The names you always hear mentioned are Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Demarcus Cousins. And to get those types of players, you're going to have to give up something big in return. And no team willing to deal a superstar player is going to trade him for the likes of Amir Johnson, Tyler Zeller, and Jonas Jerebko; while very good role players for Boston, they don't really have much trade value when it comes to bringing in superstar talent.
We all know Ainge is in love with those Brooklyn picks, so it'll have to take guys like Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and yes, Isaiah Thomas. Now it pains me to say this, because I've really grown to love "the little guy" in Beantown. But does anyone really see the Celtics making a run at an NBA title with Isaiah Thomas as their best player? I don't, and that's 100% truthful.
A guy that I think would be a perfect fit in Celtic green is Paul George. George and the Pacers peaked about 4 years ago when PG13 and Lance Stephenson went toe-to-toe with Lebron and the Heat in the ECF. Since then? It has been a pretty dissapointing team to say the least: they're 15-16 right now and in 8th place in the Eastern Conference. They're going nowhere, and no superstar wants to go play for a bad team just because Paul George is there. So since there is a great connection between Danny Ainge and Larry Bird, negotiations could be a lot easier.
Trading Isaiah Thomas in a deal for Paul George may not help the Celtics chances this year, but when you look at the Free Agent pool of guards for next offseason, there is one name that should certainly jump out at everyone: Steph Curry. Now I know it's a longshot, but Steph Curry is a free agent at season's end and, if the Warriors fail to win a championship (which seems impossible), we could see Steph in different colors next year. The Hornets seems like an obvious choice, but by adding a guy like Paul George, and showing the basketball world that you can compete if you add one more piece to the puzzle, could entice a player like Curry.
And if it doesn't? Well, Terry Rozier isn't a bad player by any means, and is far more complete than Isaiah, even though he's not as good... YET.