NBA: Isaiah Thomas went from possible max contract to veteran’s minimum

NBA Rumors: Some Celtics teammates ‘weren’t that fond’ of Isaiah Thomas

NBA: Isaiah Thomas went from possible max contract to veteran's minimum
NBA: Isaiah Thomas went from possible max contract to veteran's minimum

“They better bring out the Brink’s truck,” is what Isaiah Thomas would say, looking forward to cashing in once his four-year, $27-million deal expired.”

Thomas seemed to be on his way to a hefty payday after the 2016-17 season he put together for the Celtics, leading them to the Eastern Conference finals.

Yes, Thomas seemed to be on the road to making some big money, going from the final player selected in the 2011 draft to signing a contract worth at least $100 million.

Everything turned for Thomas during the conference finals against the Cavaliers in 2017 when he was forced to call it a season at halftime of Game 2.

After his remarkable season with the Celtics and dealing with the death of his sister during the playoffs, Thomas was shocked to be moved and blasted president of basketball operations Danny Ainge.

“What he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right,” Thomas told Sports Illustrated.”But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.

Thomas is a long way away from that magical 2016-17 season that he had with the Celtics.


A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a 'Brinks truck,' he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history

A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a ‘Brinks truck,’ he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history

Jim Mone/AP.Isaiah Thomas is reportedly signing a one-year, veteran’s minimum deal with the Denver Nuggets.

Just one year ago, Thomas said he expected the Boston Celtics to bring out the “Brinks truck” for him following an All-Star season that saw him finish third in the NBA in points per game.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year, $2 million veteran’s minimum deal with the Denver Nuggets, according to reports.

Thomas had been lingering on the free agent market with few known suitors since his contract expired with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Last July, Thomas famously told CSN New England that he expected the Celtics to “Bring the Brinks truck out.”

Despite the dramatic phrasing, it wasn’t an unreasonable demand by Thomas.

One year ago, it seemed Thomas might be in line for a nine-digit contract.

NBA Rumors: Some Celtics teammates ‘weren’t that fond’ of Isaiah Thomas

NBA Rumors: Some Celtics teammates ‘weren’t that fond’ of Isaiah Thomas

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Thomas emerged as fan favorite during his time with the Celtics.

According to Chris Broussard of Fox Sports, he discovered that some of Thomas’ teammates with the Celtics “Really weren’t fond of him” during his talk with some NBA executives.

Broussard’s claim was contrary to the statement made by Celtics head coach Brad Stevens before the playoffs, describing Thomas as a “Great teammate” and Boston as a “Close-knit team.” Stevens added that Thomas is a great husband, father, son and brother.

It was unclear if the friction between Thomas and some of his teammates was considered when the Celtics traded him [VIDEO], along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick, to the Cavaliers for Irving.

“Thomas sustained the hip injury in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. During a talk with reporters, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge admitted that Thomas’ hip considered during the team’s decision-making process before he was traded to the Cavaliers. Ainge added that there’s going to be a little delay for Thomas at the start but he is confident that the point guard will be fine and healthy as the season goes along.”

Thomas had an MVP-like campaign last season, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists but his injury derailed his efforts to carry the Celtics to the NBA Finals.

A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a 'Brinks truck,' he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history

A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a ‘Brinks truck,’ he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history

Point guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year, $2 million veteran’s minimum deal with the Denver Nuggets, according to reports.

Thomas led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game on 46% shooting, 37% from three.

When the Celtics traded Thomas to the Cavs as part of a package to land Kyrie Irving last summer, the deal was initially held up over fears about Thomas’ hip.

The one-year, minimum deal is a gamble for Thomas, though one he may have been forced to take.

Thomas’ one-year deal is essentially a “Prove it” deal.

If Thomas can capably fill that role and stay healthy, he shouldn’t have a problem commanding another deal next summer.

If Thomas is healthy and can contribute, it’ll be a one-year rental for the Nuggets that could be help propel them to the playoffs.

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NBA: Isaiah Thomas went from possible max contract to veteran’s minimum
A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a ‘Brinks truck,’ he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history
NBA Rumors: Some Celtics teammates ‘weren’t that fond’ of Isaiah Thomas
A year after Isaiah Thomas was expecting a ‘Brinks truck,’ he is taking a minimum-salary contract in one of the most dramatic falls in recent NBA history

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