Isaiah Thomas ‘very confident’ he’ll earn max contract next summer

Posted: 11/08/2017 in NBA, Sports
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Isaiah Thomas is convinced he’ll sign a $200-million deal next offseason.

The Boston Celtics guard reiterated his unwavering demand for a maximum contract when pressed about his upcoming free agency at his basketball clinic over the weekend.

“Very confident,” Thomas told Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald of his hope for a max deal. “I deserve it.”

Thomas pieced together a career year last season with averages of 28.9 points and 5.9 assists while leading the Celtics to the top seed in the East and a trip to the conference finals. He earned All-NBA second-team honors and his second All-Star nod for his efforts.

The 28-year-old believes his resume stacks up with the top guards in the league, hence why he should receive top dollar.

“I put the work in, and you can put me down against any guard in the NBA … My numbers are up there with the best players in the world, and my team is winning,” he said. “So, I mean, you have to reward that.”

After spending the majority of his career on subpar teams, Thomas immediately emerged as a star upon landing in Boston via trade in 2015. The Celtics subsequently made three straight trips to the postseason.

Despite leading the team in scoring every year, Thomas has been severely underpaid throughout his tenure in Boston. He’s slated to earn just $6.2 million in 2017-18 – his eighth NBA season – which is largely why he’s desperate to sign a big contract.

Boston can exceed the cap and offer more money and more term to Thomas than any other suitor, but there may be some hesitancy to make a gigantic investment on a 5-foot-9 point guard who’s perhaps the most detrimental defender in the league and is six months away from turning 30.

Thomas will worry about that when the time comes. If not the Celtics, some other team will come calling.

“I’m just going to keep working though,” he added. “My time is gonna come. I have a lot of faith in God, and I just have to keep working to get better.”

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