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Report: Celtics Almost Traded Isaiah Thomas For A Lottery Pick

Boston's All-Star point guard was almost traded last year.

Isaiah Thomas' unforgettable 2016-17 season with the Boston Celtics almost didn't happen.

ESPN's Jackie McMullen reported on the most-recent episode of Bob Ryan's Podcast that Boston GM Danny Ainge was trying to trade Thomas (and other players) for an NBA Draft lottery pick last year.

Ainge was unsuccessful, of course, and Thomas went on to have an All-Star season, leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals. Thomas' season is unfortunately over now, as he'll miss the rest of the postseason with a hip injury.

From CSN New England:

“Before the draft last year, Danny was trying to get two picks, not just Jaylen Brown,” MacMullan told Ryan. “He was on the phone with everybody from coast to coast, and he was offering everybody. That includes Marcus Smart and Isaiah Thomas, and anything else they needed to get where he wanted to go. There were no untouchables on that team last year.”

Will Ainge try to make some trades again this offseason?

McMullen says only one player is untouchable this year. And it's not IT.

"The only untouchable now I would say is Al Horford,” she said.