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Isaiah Thomas Tells Celtics To Cough Up Max Contract Or He's Gone Next Summer

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by AKVerse47, Jul 8, 2017.

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Is Thomas Worth The Max

  1. Yup, Pay That Man

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  2. Celtics Should Pass

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  1. AKVerse47

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    Don't expect Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas to give the franchise a discount when he's eligible to become a free agent after the 2017-18 season. He wants a max contract.

    On Friday, the 28-year-old point guard told CSN New England's A. Sherrod Blakely he's a "max guy" and he's "happy" for everyone getting paid this offseason because his monster payday is coming soon.

    "My time is coming," Thomas said. "They know they've got to bring the Brink's truck."

    The comments are similar to the ones he made last summer when the topic was raised.

    "They better bring out the Brink's truck," Thomas told reporters last July. "They're paying everybody else. I gotta get something."

    It's no surprise his stance hasn't changed following a breakout 2016-17 campaign during which he averaged 28.9 points, 5.9 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor, including 37.9 percent from beyond the arc.

    Thomas ranked seventh in the NBA in player efficiency rating and ninth in value added, per ESPN.com. He was second in both categories among point guards to only 2016-17 NBA MVP Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    So if anyone had lingering questions about whether the University of Washington product was truly a max player, Thomas has answered them.

    The Celtics won't have much choice next summer but to do what Thomas asks: load up the Brink's truck and give him every penny he's eligible to earn. The front office may need to get creative to ensure all of its top players fit under the salary cap, though.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/...ll-have-to-offer-max-contract-to-keep-star-pg
     
  2. Newlin

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    He should ask for the max. It's business.
     
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    Only getting paid $6 mil right now
     
  4. A_3PO

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    As long as he doesn't keep bringing it up, no problem with him saying this now.

    Jealousy is an issue in the NBA. Guys gotta keep their heads screwed on.

    NBA should remove the individual player max.
     
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    lol. negotiation 101. Start by asking for the most. Duh. What's he supposed to do, say he's not worth the max? Don't pay him what everyone else is getting?
     
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    Any guy leading his team with to the ECF and dropping 52 while doing so deserves the max.
     
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    The problem is the Celtics are not going to win anything meaningful with him. Even with the addition of Hayward, they are not going to beat the Cavs in the East so long as LeBron is still around. That means locking up 3 max players for the next 5 years while only being the 5th best team in the league.

    Ainge has done a tremendous job rebuilding the Celtics. He will regret the day he bought into the hype and locked up all his cap space into 3 guys who won't get him back to the promised land. The Celtics will get swept by the Warriors every single time.
     
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    Harden's extention got thomas jelly
     
  9. Ziggy

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    He deserve a lot more money, but it's kind of like when an emerging Hollywood star lands a big franchise role, then demands more money after they become more famous, from playing that specific role.

    IT is good, he's underrated, underpaid - but he owes the Celtics and that system for what he's become IMO. That specific role has inflated his value. I'm not sure he's capable of leading just any team to the conference finals like that.
     
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    He's only eligible for a mid tier max, so that helps the Celtics.

    I personally think he's only worth about the lower tier max money, but he will get his mid tier max without a doubt (34 mill per avg)
     
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    He need to ask for james harden money
     
  12. red5rocket

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    I was with you until you said he was underrated. He's properly rated to me. He deserves to get paid because he's been only getting paid scrub money. But his defense is absolutely horrible. So while he's really good on offense and really bad on defense, he's properly rated.
     
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    Celtics will *have* to pay this.
    I am unsure how it will affect their quest to stay on top.

    Rocket River
     
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    Danny ainge counter - bout tree fiddy
     
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    Why even have a league then? Why should any team try to sign anyone? If you're saying it's all pointless for Boston because they'll just get swept by the Warriors all the time, then you're implying that you don't think any other other western conference team has a chance either the next several years (otherwise, Boston might get to match up with someone besides the Warriors). So why should any team even bother?
     
  16. TEXNIFICENT

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    I'm betting he gets dealt. At 5'8 his size will hinder them defensively against elite teams. That's going to be rough to commit max dollars to.
     
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    I honestly would have drafter Fultz and traded I.T because he's not a number 1 option on a winning team
     
  18. TheRealAllpro

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    He is the best player on a contending team. He will not get that combination anywhere else.
     
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  19. ghettocheeze

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    No, you're getting me wrong. Nobody should give up and fold.

    I'm saying Thomas is not a top 10 player, which is what is needed to compete with the Cavs and Warriors. Celtics have put together a maxed out roster of second-banana types such as Thomas, Hayward, and Horford while other contenders are trying to put together combos like Harden, Paul, and Melo or Westbrook, George, etc.

    Like Morey said, this is an arms race and I just think Boston is going about it the wrong way with this trio. Nothing wrong with building it, but it will always come up short against the heavyweights. Celtics are still the 5th best team in the league and that won't change.
     
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    Should've taken fultz.
     
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