I can already hear the angry mob outside my dorm, but it’s just a fun little what-if scenario.
This post will be part of a series of articles about different scenarios that could happen for the Boston Celtics, and the first episode is a shocker:
What if the Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas?
Granted, it’s probably not going to happen, but it’s an interesting idea to think about. And here’s why:
Let’s say the Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference Finals, and fall to the veteran Cavaliers yet again. Danny Ainge is going to have to think about surrounding his star players with talent, and that means the possibility of re-signing Isaiah Thomas to a pretty massive contract.
But in this scenario, the newfound All-Star Thomas wants big money in a way that the Celtics simply cannot grant. Ainge, thinking about this, proposes two alternatives to his superstar player: Take a bit less money so we can look for help in free agency to make the team better, or do a sign and trade with a team of your choice and get your money elsewhere.
Thomas, the last pick in his draft, has worked his whole life to get ROYALLY paid at this point. He agrees with the idea of a sign and trade, and the Celtics begin to look for suitors Isaiah might consider. Throughout the entire process, the Bulls once again toss up Jimmy Butler in a potential trade to the Celtics.. and something finally emerges off those rumors.
The Celtics reach a shocking agreement to sign and trade Thomas to the Bulls in exchange for Jimmy Butler straight up, shaking up the league.
Meanwhile, in the college basketball world, the UCLA bruins reach the NCAA Finals behind Lonzo Ball’s impressive play, and win it in stunning fashion. This catches Danny Ainge’s attention, and the savvy general manager decides to draft him instead of Markelle Fultz, also shocking the NBA world.
Now with great balance in the roster, the Celtics enter the 2017 season with a completely different roster. Thomas, meanwhile, begins to change the culture in Chicago and gets a max contract he has always coveted.
What happens next is anyone’s guess.