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February 19, 2015 Updates

The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired guard Isaiah Thomas from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for guard Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first-round draft pick, previously acquired from Cleveland. “Isaiah is a dynamic offensive player whose scoring and playmaking abilities add to an already well-rounded backcourt with Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. “We are excited to welcome Isaiah to the Celtics family.” NBA.com

Sean Deveney: Suns holding firm to preference for Isaiah Thomas trade, Im told. Dragic supposed to be heir to Steve Nash, Sarver wants to keep it that way Twitter

February 18, 2015 Updates

Gary Washburn: There's definitely #celtics interest in Isaiah Thomas, the question is whether he will be available or will #suns trade Dragic. Stay tuned. Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

February 17, 2015 Updates

While the Suns could trade Thomas as a way to relieve the obvious pressure in this point guard dynamic, it appears that Dragic does not want to return even if a move like that was made. The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are known to be among the teams pursuing him, and that list of serious suitors is believed to be seven or eight teams long. USA Today Sports

If Suns management decides to unload Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics will be among the teams to look closely at swinging a deal for the 5-foot-9 guard, a league source told CSNNE.com on Tuesday. Last summer, one of the first calls made by Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge during the free agency period was to Thomas. Thomas later said Ainge and the Celtics were the first team to reach out to him during free agency, which ended with coming to terms on a four-year, $28 million sign-and-trade deal with Sacramento sending him to the Suns. “It was an honor,” Thomas said of the call from Ainge. “Danny Ainge, the Boston Celtics, all the history here, the tradition. It was definitely an honor.” CSNNE.com

Also keep in mind that the Suns general manager is Ryan McDonough, a former assistant GM in Boston. And McDonough has already done a pair of deals with the Celtics this season. In January, the Celtics traded Brandan Wright to Phoenix, and later that month Boston, as part of a three-team deal that included the Suns, sent Austin Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers to play for ex-Celtics coach Doc Rivers . . . who is also Austin’s father. CSNNE.com

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