Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Isaiah Thomas' huge 2016-2017 season with the Celitcs almost never was, according to Jackie MacMullan.

Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft

Celtics wanted to trade Isaiah Thomas for lottery pick in 2016 NBA Draft

On the Bob Ryan Boston Podcast, MacMullan said general manager Danny Ainge unsuccessfully offered the All-Star point guard for a second lottery pick in last year's draft.

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"Before the draft last year, Danny [Ainge] was trying to get two picks, not just Jaylen Brown," MacMullan said. "He was on the phone with everybody from coast-to-coast, and he was offering everybody. That includes Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas, and anything else they needed to get where he wanted to go. There were no untouchables on that team last year."

The Celtics drafted Jaylen Brown with the third pick in that draft, amid speculation that they would either pick Kris Dunn or trade for Jimmy Butler.

MacMullan said she believes the only untouchable on the Celtics right now is Al Horford, who Boston signed last offseason to a max contract.

Boston currently faces an interesting decision regarding whether or not to give Thomas a max contract extension. Thomas is an elite scorer, but a defensive liability at 5-9, and the Celtics hold the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, where point guard Markelle Fultz widelly viewed top prospect.

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