Thomas on Celtics offseason: ‘I like the new guys'


SALT LAKE CITY – The Boston Celtics’ offseason moves may not all become official today, but Isaiah Thomas feels good about the roster he’ll be part of this fall.

Boston has come to terms on free agency deals with Amir Johnson (two years, $24 million), Jonas Jerebko (two years, $10 million) and Jae Crowder (five years, $35 million).

The Celtics have also agreed to a trade that will net them Golden State’s David Lee for Gerald Wallace and most likely at least one other Celtics player.

“I’m down for whatever he’s (Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations) doing,” said Thomas who was in town to watch the Celtics’ summer league squad. “I like the new guys.”

Thomas, acquired by Boston at the trade deadline in February from Phoenix, has been the most outspoken player on the roster in terms of trying to convince free agents to sign with the Celtics.

So far, Thomas hasn’t had nearly as much luck as he or the Celtics would like.

“I’m going to keep trying,” he said. “There’s a few more guys out there hopefully we can get.”

When he talks to free agents, he tries to relay to them how different and special Boston is compared to what they might initially think.

“Before I got here, I didn’t know much about Boston other than the history,” Thomas said. “But the fans, the city, it’s unbelievable. It’s something you definitely want to experience. It’s the best city I’ve been in by far, because of the fans and how dedicated they are to the Boston Celtics.”

As far as the biggest hurdle he sees in convincing free agents to give Boston a try, Thomas said, “I think personally it’s because it’s cold. That’s the biggest thing. Other than that, I was in Boston in a few weeks ago. It was nice, it was warm and the city is great. I try to do the best I can.”

He added, “guys for the most part already have their minds made up where they really want to go. You just try to do the best you can to lure them to the Boston area. You have to come to Boston and experience it yourself.”

If the Celtics don’t make any more deals, Thomas said his expectation for this upcoming season is to be in the playoffs for the second year in a row.

“We just have to build from that,” Thomas said.

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