By Danny Picard
BOSTON — Put yourself in Isaiah Thomas’ shoes.
You just turned 28. You’re second in the NBA in scoring, averaging about 30 points per game. If you keep it up, you’ll be an MVP candidate at season’s end. And your team is the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Your boss possesses, arguably, the most valuable trade chip available, in the form of the Brooklyn Nets’ first round draft pick. There’s little doubt that the Nets will finish with the worst record in the league, giving the Celtics the best chance to pick No. 1 overall in this summer’s NBA Draft. And your team has some holes that need to be filled.
It’s a no-brainer. Trade the pick. Get some help. Build a championship contender right now. Especially since the top-two projected players in this year’s draft are point guards.
Reminder: you’re still in Thomas’ shoes.
You decide to tweet. Emojis become your thing. Eyes, an hourglass, a watch, then another hourglass.
The trade deadline comes and goes. Your team makes no moves. You have plenty of time to take it all in, sleep on it, and return from the All-Star break.