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February 19, 2015 Updates

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

Dragic has become increasingly disenchanted with how the Suns' three-guard experiment with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas has impacted him this season, and several league sources believe that to keep Dragic long-term it's incumbent on the Suns to unload Thomas before the start of July free agency. Yahoo! Sports

February 16, 2015 Updates

It’s very hard to find a good big man on a team that might be willing to deal for Dragic on an expiring contract. The Rockets loom, and while the Lakers always bank on the glitz of L.A., I’m not sure Jordan Hill cuts it as a frontcourt upgrade for Phoenix. As I reported in December, other teams have long felt that Phoenix would prefer dealing Isaiah Thomas; he has three years left on a contract that declines in value every season, and that opens up a broader trade market. Grantland

February 15, 2015 Updates

Thomas even admitted that he was feeling a little bit of pressure to make the postseason as the season takes a week’s pause before the stretch run. “There’s no room for error, especially the last two spots to make the playoffs, which are close, and then you’ve got two more teams in the 9th and 10th spots close as well,” Thomas said. “So there’s no room for error. You’ve got to bring it each and every night.” SheridanHoops

February 14, 2015 Updates

Marc Stein: Word is Suns more apt to try to move IThomas before trade deadline, to restore last season's roster balance, rather than surrender GDragic Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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