During Isaiah Thomas’ trip abroad for the NBA 3X Spain three-on-three basketball tournament last month, the Celtics guard conducted an interview with Spanish newspaper Diario AS as a precursor to the team’s preseason game against Real Madrid on Oct. 8. He touched on subjects as wide-ranging as DeMarcus Cousins and Floyd Mayweather.

Here are a few highlights roughly translated from the original interview.

When will we see the Celtics fighting for another ring?

“In the next two years. That is the plan. Danny Ainge is trying to build a winning team from scratch. I hope to be part of that future and reach that goal.”

And so, what is the way to go?

“As easy as getting us a couple more good players. That is what we need. I hope that this summer we can do really well in the market for free agents, which already being a playoff team will take us to the next level. The most important thing for us is getting a big man and starting from there to continue to grow. I’d like to be able to persuade Marc Gasol to come to the Celtics.”

NOTE: Keep in mind, this interview was conducted prior to free agency and shortly after Thomas joked on Twitter about recruiting Gasol during his trip to Europe.

And DeMarcus Cousins?

“[Laughs.] It would be something special to join him in the locker room again. For me, he is among the best big men in the world: He is intelligent, and there aren’t many big men with his talent …”

Would you like to rejoin him?

“Who knows! I think that once you land in Boston, you realize how special it is. When you say it may not be so attractive [to free agents], but when you play there and see the fans, all the tradition and the history of the Celtics, you fall in love.”

What can you say about your coach, Brad Stevens?

“He is a basketball mind and an outstanding coach, but even better as a person. He works very hard, comes to training before anyone else and is the last to go. He has the knowledge to be one of the best coaches in the NBA. It is that type of person that you want to learn from, and of course he has our full attention.”

You grew up a fan of the Lakers …

“Yes, I grew up being a fan of the Lakers. My father’s from L.A., so I followed his example, because the Lakers was all he knew. Although, even when I was playing with the Kings, where there is a rivalry with the Lakers, he always told me something about them. And now, in Boston, you can’t even bring it up. There is a rivalry for so long! I’m happy to be part of the Celtics while at the same time … my father is still a fan of the Lakers.”

So, if you could choose would you like to sign for the Lakers?

“I would not say that, but you never know, especially how it works today in the NBA. It’s a business, and you never know what can happen. If it happens, it happens, but right now I’m happy as a Celtic.”

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

The Celtics aren’t content with their current roster. That much we know.

Danilo Gallinari

Danilo Gallinari

The Celtics aren’t content with their current roster. That much we know. They’re stocked with good players, but fresh out of great ones, and team president Danny Ainge has openly discussed the C’s need for star power.

But is Nuggets wing Danilo Gallinari the answer? Ainge explored a trade with Denver, and while nothing resulted from the discussion, sources told the Boston Herald a deal for the 26-year-old “could be revived.”

His versatility as a 6-foot-10 wing whose shooting can stretch the floor certainly fits Celtics coach Brad Stevens‘ system, but Gallo was hardly a star even before an ACL tear cost him more than a year of his prime.

After missing the entire 2013-14 NBA season, Gallinari regained form after the All-Star break in 2015, averaging 18.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range over his final 24 appearances. Those numbers would make him an upgrade over any other wing on the C’s roster, including newly signed Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson. His defense when healthy has also steadily improved since his early days on the Knicks.

And while Gallinari would be an upgrade in the short term, his expiring $11.6 million contract would also maintain the Celtics’ flexibility for the long haul, as is the case with soon-to-be C’s forward David Lee, whose expiring $15.5 million deal comes off the books next summer.

Because the Celtics landed Lee for Gerald Wallace‘s expiring contract, they surely would be looking to make a similarly lopsided deal for Gallinari, which is likely where the talks stalled.

Even if the Gallinari discussion is dead and gone, though, Ainge’s interest at least offers an indication of the team’s thinking. For the time being, it does not appear there is a star available on the trade market, so the Celtics are looking for players who will improve the roster now and not limit their ability to land a better one at the trade deadline or in free agency next summer.

Either that, or the Celtics were simply interested in fulfilling their Italian stallion quota with the dearly departed Gigi Datome signing with Euroleague power Fenerbahce overnight.

Blog Author: 
Ben Rohrbach

Heads were turned over the weekend when guard Isaiah Thomas revealed that he had offseason wrist surgery, but the Celtics played down the seriousness of the procedure.

Heads were turned over the weekend when guard Isaiah Thomas revealed that he had offseason wrist surgery, but the Celtics played down the seriousness of the procedure.

Thomas tweeted a reference to the surgery Saturday. Coach Brad Stevens then explained that the it was done sometime last month in an effort to clean up the wrist, on which Thomas had surgery the previous year as well — which apparently led to the development of a cyst.

“I don’t know exactly what the deal was, but just had a little cyst removed from his wrist,” Stevens told reporters Sunday (via MassLive.com). “It was something that we knew at the end of the year they would have to [remove it]. It’s a small, minor thing, so they had to take care of it.”

Contacted by The Boston Globe, Thomas said he hopes to be healthy in 2-4 weeks, and Stevens said he expects Thomas to be ready for training camp.

“He’s well, well, well ahead of schedule,” Stevens said. “There’s no long-term ill effects or anything like that.”

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’€™t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’€™t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason.

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas told reporters in Salt Lake City Thursday night that he doesn’€™t feel that Danny Ainge is done making moves this offseason.

Thomas, who was acquired at last season’€™s trade deadline, played 21 games for the C’€™s last regular season and all four games of the team’€™s sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers.

Since then, the C’€™s have agreed to terms with Amir Johnson, Jonas Jerebko and Jae Crowder while trading Gerald Wallace for David Lee.

“For the most part, I like the moves we have made, and I know Danny is probably trying to make more to get better or more players to fit whatever he’s trying to do,” Thomas said, according to MassLive. ‘€œI’€™m down for what he’s doing and I like the new guys.”

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WEEI
Michael joins Ben and Sam to discuss the wild NBA Free Agency period and the upcoming Celtics season.

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[0:25:24] ... for anybody. It's what you think about I'm not trying to turn David Lee into some. You all MBA player he's a guy you can go to who does a lot of scored and how to defend elect but he can't score. And he can rebound and Amir Johnson can rebound so those are critical areas where he needed help when you got it. Yeah it will there was three critical ...






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