Danny Ainge consulted with Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas about potential free agents


There is nobody on the Celtics who should feel their roster spot is safe. Well, maybe Marcus Smart to a degree, but in general GM Danny Ainge has a lot of assets that he is willing to wheel and deal to build the Celtics roster.

Which is why him reaching out to Isaiah Thomas about free agents is a sign the guard might be around for a little while.

Speaking with the Boston Globe, Thomas — who was traded to the Celtics mid-season and helped spark their run to the playoffs — said Ainge called him up to talk about free agents and who would fit in Boston.

“Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball. It means a lot, and it’s a mutual respect we have. Now, hopefully, we can get a few guys.”

So who does Thomas want? Like he’s going to name names. But he did say what he was looking for.

“A defensive-minded player,” he said. “It’d be nice to get one of those in the draft. A lot of the big men out there could definitely help us out. But I know Danny is always up to something.”

Thomas told Ainge he could be a valuable recruiter when free agency begins. Thomas said that when he played for the University of Washington, he helped persuade several high school prospects to join the Huskies.

Well then Isaiah, get on the phone to DeAndre Jordan and Roy Hibbert right now.

Thomas is a good fit on the Celtics right now — a dynamic scorer that the fans will love. He will put up points on a team that could use a little offensive spark, he averaged 19 points a game for the Celtics last season. No, he’s not terribly efficient (41 percent shooting), but he can score.

In the end, Thomas is an asset that can be moved just like every other Celtic. If Ainge gets the right offer, Thomas is gone. But for now, it sounds like Thomas can move out of the hotel where he has lived in Boston — seriously, ever since he was traded — and get an apartment. But he may want to hold off on buying just yet.