July 23, 2018, 3:32 pmIsaiah ThomasG, Denver Nuggets
Isaiah Thomas reached out to Danny Ainge before he signed with the Nuggets and said he'd "love to come back" to Boston.
Thomas said he doesn't hold grudges and that he would've welcomed a return, but the Celtics were dealing with Marcus Smart's restricted free agency at the time though Ainge was open to the idea. The Nuggets gave Thomas the only guaranteed offer he'd receive all summer, which he referred to as disrespectful. Teams were understandably wary about IT's hip and a one-year minimum deal is probably best for all parties. Denver needed a bench scorer and Thomas needed a good team on which he could rehab his value. Fantasy-wise, Denver has an elite offense but lacked a bona fide go-to scorer, and their best bench players have yielded fantasy value in the past. Thomas isn't going to be a popular name on draft day but is worth remembering for the later rounds. He'll crush his ADP if his hip cooperates.