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Isaiah Thomas is satisfied he’ll signal a $200-million deal subsequent offseason.
“Very assured,” Thomas informed Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald of his hope for a max deal. “I deserve it.”
Thomas pieced collectively a profession yr final season with averages of 28.9 factors and 5.9 assists whereas main the Celtics to the highest seed within the East and a visit to the convention finals. He earned All-NBA second-group honors and his second All-Star nod for his efforts.
The 28-yr-previous believes his resume stacks up with the highest guards within the league, therefore why he ought to obtain prime greenback.
“I put the work in, and you may put me down towards any guard within the NBA … My numbers are up there with the perfect gamers on the earth, and my workforce is profitable,” he stated. “So, I imply, you must reward that.”
After spending nearly all of his profession on subpar groups, Thomas instantly emerged as a star upon touchdown in Boston by way of commerce in 2015. The Celtics subsequently made three straight journeys to the postseason.
Regardless of main the group in scoring yearly, Thomas has been severely underpaid all through his tenure in Boston. He is slated to earn simply $6.2 million in 2017-18 – his eighth NBA season – which is essentially why he is determined to signal an enormous contract.
Boston can exceed the cap and supply extra money and extra time period to Thomas than some other suitor, however there could also be some hesitancy to make a big funding on a 5-foot-9 level guard who’s maybe probably the most detrimental defender within the league and is six months away from turning 30.
Thomas will fear about that when the time comes. If not the Celtics, another staff will come calling.
“I’m simply going to maintain working although,” he added. “My time is gonna come. I’ve a variety of religion in God, and I simply need to maintain working to get higher.”