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NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Have Had "Exploratory Discussions" About Isaiah Thomas Reunion

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Apr 8, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) looks on during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Celtics beat the Pistons 113-103. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Apr 8, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) looks on during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Celtics beat the Pistons 113-103. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas is a former Boston Celtics player that was beloved by many fans. "The King Of The Fourth" was admired for his volume scoring during clutch moments in the fourth quarter. Thomas became a two-time All-Star with the Boston Celtics and averaged 28.9 PPG during the 2016-17 season. While he is no longer playing at that level, it is quite possible that he can still be a solid offensive contributor at the NBA level as a bench player.

NBA insider Marc Stein has recently revealed that the Boston Celtics have had "exploratory" talks about potentially bringing Isaiah Thomas back into the fold. However, Stein also mentions that Boston's needs "have likely shifted" due to the addition of veteran point guard Dennis Schroder on a one-year deal in free agency.

The Boston Celtics have also had exploratory discussions about a reunion with Thomas, who unexpectedly blossomed into a two-time All-Star in Boston playing for Brad Stevens, now the Celtics' president of basketball operations. But Boston's needs have likely shifted after former Lakers guard Dennis Schröder — having spurned a four-year, $84 million contract extension from L.A. during the season — landed with the Celtics on a one-year, $5.9 million deal when Schröder’s free-agent market evaporated.

It would certainly be interesting to see Isaiah Thomas back with the Boston Celtics. He has recently dropped 81 points in a pro-am game, and while that may not be NBA level competition, it is quite possible that Isaiah Thomas has something left to give an NBA team. He can likely bring great shooting, and become a spark plug bench scorer if given the minutes.

On a veteran minimum, Isaiah Thomas could be a low-risk high-reward play for any playoff team. Hopefully, the former All-Star can revive his NBA career, and perhaps he'll be given the chance soon.