Friday, 21 July, 2017

Isaiah Thomas on looming free agency decision: 'I'm a max guy'

Lillian Steele | 09 July, 2017, 01:19

While it was initially assumed that Hayward will sign a max deal worth $128 million over four seasons, there has been some talk of him taking slightly less.

The Boston Celtics this offseason have made several moves to help restructure the team to better compete for an National Basketball Association title next season. As ESPN's Chris Forsberg reported, he's made it known that he's good with waiting until he's an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018 to get paid if it means the Celtics can improve their roster now.

The Celtics have been in the midst of some team reconstruction after they signed Gordon Hayward last week. After seeing other guards sign big deals in the offseason, Thomas again mentioned "Brink trucks" in an interview with CSN New England, saying he expects to earn a max contract from the Celtics when his deal expires after the coming season.

When asked about his hip, Thomas said he's feeling better and he's taking steps toward his goal of getting back on the court.

"I'm a max guy", Thomas told CSNNE on Friday, as transcribed by WEEI. "They know they've got to bring the Brinks truck".

Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game last season while leading the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference and a berth in the conference finals.

If that winds up happening, don't be surprised if the Celtics have that Brinks truck at his front door nearly immediately next offseason.

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