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Isaiah Thomas reached out to Celtics before signing deal with Nuggets

Thomas reached out to the Celtics before signing deal in Denver

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

In an interesting conversation with Adrian Wojnarowski, Isaiah Thomas revealed that he reached out to Danny Ainge and the Celtics about a potential return to the Celtics.

Before finalizing the agreement with Denver, Thomas had reached out to Boston GM Danny Ainge. They talked for 15 to 20 minutes, Thomas says, and he told Ainge: “If the opportunity is there, I would just like to let you know that I’d love to come back.”

Ainge says his mind was open to the idea, but the Celtics needed to work through Marcus Smart’s restricted-free-agency discussions before they could consider making an offer to Thomas. Ainge was willing to continue the conversation, but Thomas accepted the Nuggets’ offer before Boston had reached its new deal with Smart.

”S---, I’d have gone back,” Thomas says. “I don’t hold grudges.”

The news is shocking considering the circumstances of how he left the Celtics, but also spoke to the lack of offers that existed.

This dialogue keeps the door open for a potential return of Thomas after this season. Kyrie Irving, Terry Rozier, and Brad Wanamaker are all set to hit the market next summer and if one or more of them don’t return, the door might be open for a Boston return.

As for now, Thomas says that he’s happy in Denver and he’ll look to use the opportunity to prove to the rest of the league that he can still play at a high-level.