This time last year Celtics fans were getting acclimated to Isaiah Thomas. Danny Ainge acquired Thomas from Phoenix for Marcus Thornton and a 2016 1st round pick (via Cleveland). One year later, Thomas is thriving in Boston while Phoenix is sitting near the bottom of the Western conference.
The trade has been universally accepted as a heist for Boston. Even Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough admits he f-ed up:
“I think in retrospect trading Isaiah Thomas when we did was a mistake,” he said of last season’s trade deadline deal with the Boston Celtics. “I think sometimes in the recruitment process things sound better in July (luring Thomas in free agency) than they do in November.
“He wanted more, he wanted a bigger role and I understand why: He’s a talented player,” McDonough added. “In retrospect, we should have carried him into the summer. If there’s one (decision) that stands out, if I could get a mulligan, that’d be it.”
McDonough spent 10 years in the Celtics organization working for Danny Ainge. He should have known better.