Sport Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft

20:10  19 may  2017
20:10  19 may  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft

  Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft Isaiah Thomas' huge 2016-2017 season with the Celitcs almost never was, according to Jackie MacMullan. On the Bob Ryan Boston Podcast, MacMullan said general manager Danny Ainge unsuccessfully offered the All-Star point guard for a second lottery pick in last year's draft.MORE: Time for Celtics to take training wheels off, let Jaylen Brown loose"Before the draft last year, Danny [Ainge] was trying to get two picks, not just Jaylen Brown," MacMullan said. "He was on the phone with everybody from coast-to-coast, and he was offering everybody.

Boston acquired Isaiah Thomas . ^ June 28, 2012: Philadelphia 76ers to Miami Heat,[24][25]. Miami acquired draft rights to Justin Hamilton and a conditional future first round pick (protected top 14 in "Sixers win NBA lottery for top pick ; Lakers get No. 2, Celtics No. 3". ESPN. Retrieved May 17, 2016 .

Tags: 2016 NBA Draft , Boston Celtics , NBA Draft lottery . “I think in retrospect trading Isaiah Thomas when we did was a mistake,” McDonough, a former Celtics assistant GM, said of the Thomas trade .

Isaiah Thomas' huge 2016-2017 season with the Celitcs almost never was, according to Jackie MacMullan.

On the Bob Ryan Boston Podcast, MacMullan said general manager Danny Ainge unsuccessfully offered the All-Star point guard for a second lottery pick in last year's draft.

MORE: Time for Celtics to take training wheels off, let Jaylen Brown loose

"Before the draft last year, Danny [Ainge] was trying to get two picks, not just Jaylen Brown," MacMullan said. "He was on the phone with everybody from coast-to-coast, and he was offering everybody. That includes Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas, and anything else they needed to get where he wanted to go. There was no untouchables on that team last year."

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February 19th, 2015, the Boston Celtics acquire Isaiah Thomas in exchange for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round pick . That first-round selection was used by Phoenix to draft Skal Labissiere.

Atlanta Hawks Basketball Roster 2016 . Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart. New York Knicks NBA Draft 2015. Boston Celtics Team Payroll. Acquired via sign and trade with Kings. Lakers or Celtics Trade Draft . moves this off-. has been talked about as a potential trade option for.

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The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick in that draft, amid speculation that they would either pick Kris Dunn or trade for Jimmy Butler.

MacMullan said she believes the only untouchable on the Celtics right now is Al Horford, who Boston signed last offseason to a max contract.

Boston currently faces an interesting decision regarding whether or not to give Thomas a max contract extension. Thomas is an elite scorer, but a defensive liability at 5-9, and the Celtics hold the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, where point guard Markelle Fultz widelly viewed top prospect.

NBA Draft lottery results 2017: Celtics come out on top; Lakers, 76ers bump Suns out of top three .
For the first time in modern draft history, the Celtics took home the top pick after they won the 2017 lottery. Even though Boston is currently in the running for an NBA championship, the Celtics had the best chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick at 25 percent thanks to their 2013 blockbuster trade that sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry going to the Nets — the gift that keeps on giving.In a slight twist, the Suns dropped from an expected top-three pick to No. 4, and the Lakers and 76ers rounded out the second and third spots in the draft order, respectively.

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