With the Boston Celtics mentioned in many NBA rumors this 2016 offseason, one tweet from their starting point guard is sending mixed messages to basketball fans. Is Isaiah Thomas on the way out of Boston and is he being traded soon?
Thomas, who was acquired by the Celtics at the trading deadline in 2015, has sent a mysterious message on social media Twitter making Celtics fans worried if the tweet has any connection to the trade rumors this summer.
In the news the past month are the rumors and speculations that the Celtics will be aggressive in their trade pitch to get another star player. Mentioned are the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins and Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor and even the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler.
Among the three, Cousins and Okafor could be available as both the Kings and Sixers are still on rebuilding mode. The Bulls are on win-now mode after they got veterans Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo in free agency.
Boston has many valuable players but most of them are considered “role players”. Any combination of the players in a trade package could net the Celtics a superstar like Cousins or a promising big man like Okafor to pair alongside free agent acquisition Al Horford.
A DeMarcus Cousins for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown works under the NBA’s trade rules. ESPN Trade Checker also confirms that a Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and Kendall Marshall for Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart or Jaylen Brown is allowed.
Jaylen Brown can only be traded after August 26 as he has signed his rookie deal in Boston.
For both the Kings and Sixers, they might also want to demand the 2017 first round pick from Boston, which is owed to them by the Brooklyn Nets. This pick is projected to be high because the Nets are expected to be a lottery team again next season.
Isaiah Thomas’ recent tweet will add to the NBA rumors that the Celtics are finally nearing a deal. Was the social media post connected to an upcoming trade in Boston? Or is it totally unrelated to basketball?
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