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Former Celtics star still trying to make an NBA comeback

NBA free agency is in full swing and players are trying to find new homes for the 2024-25 season. While most of the influential free agents have already signed, there are still a few available veterans waiting to get their call. One of those names is former Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas.

On Wednesday, Thomas posted on social media that he was still waiting for a chance. The 35-year-old spoke up for himself, saying he was “as professional as can be” and could still “influence the win.”

Thomas most recently spent time with the Phoenix Suns at the end of the 2023-24 season, appearing in six games as a reserve player and providing an experienced presence in the locker room.

It's been a while since Thomas was an impactful NBA player. Since being traded from the Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 offseason as part of the Kyrie Irving trade, Thomas has bounced around the league, never being able to stay with one team for more than a season. The hip injury he re-suffered during Boston's 2017 postseason robbed Thomas of his athleticism, and unfortunately he never looked the same again.

However, Celtics fans will always remember Thomas's back-to-back seasons in Boston between 2015 and 2017. He made consecutive All-Star appearances and was a legitimate MVP candidate, leading the team to a No. 1 seed in the East and all the way to the Conference Finals.

Whether it's with the Celtics or another team in the NBA, we'd love to give Thomas another chance. As a 5'9″ guard who was selected last in the draft, his story is inspiring and he would be an excellent mentor in many locker rooms around the league.

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