Thomas on contract: 'They better bring out the Brinks truck'

Thomas on contract: 'They better bring out the Brinks truck'

LAS VEGAS – Even before he was named to his first All-Star team in February, the Boston Celtics and most of the NBA for that matter saw Isaiah Thomas as one of the best bargains out there.

Now that the salary cap has increased, Thomas’ contract is a steal in every sense of the word with the value of his contract actually decreasing in each of his final two seasons (he’s due $6.6 million for 2016-2017 and $6.2 million for 2017-2018).

Knowing he has a couple years remaining, Thomas said he definitely plans to cash in – literally – when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018.

“They better bring out the Brinks truck,” quipped Thomas during the Celtics’ summer league game on Saturday against Chicago. “They’re paying everybody else. I gotta get something.”

Indeed, Thomas has seen teammates come and go this summer due to contracts unlike anything the NBA has seen before. Former Celtic Evan Turner, a Sixth Man of the year candidate a year ago, signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Meanwhile, Boston added Al Horford who had spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. The Celtics inked him to a four-year, $113 million contract.

Thomas signed his current deal, a four-year, $27 million contract, back in 2014. If he were a free agent now, Thomas could potentially have landed a deal paying something close to that … per season.

Of course the ginormous salaries being handed out now are fueled by the extremely lucrative national TV deals signed by the NBA, which has raised the salary cap pass the $95 million plateau.

And a year from now, the league’s salary cap is expected to increase again.

“I’m trying not to worry about it,” Thomas said. “It’s out there. “I’m just being myself and play and hopefully that takes care of everything else.”

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Jae Crowder draws frustration from Robin Lopez by throwing his shoe

Jae Crowder draws frustration from Robin Lopez by throwing his shoe

Who throws a shoe, honestly?

Well, Jae Crowder does.

The Boston Celtics forward grabbed and threw Robin Lopez's shoe, which fell off on a play where Lopez knocked Crowder to the floor.

After the shoe fell off, Lopez seemed to be stumbled toward Crowder, and reached to grab the shoe off the floor. Crowder snatched it and threw it. Lopez then wrapped his right arm around Crowder, and pulled him in the direction of the shoe.

A referee rushed into the mix and separated the two players. But Lopez appeared to get over it quickly. He bent over and tied Crowder's shoe for him.

This exchange came after some hand fighting between Jimmy Butler and Marcus Smart in the first quarter.

Watch the shoe-throwing in the tweet below or video above.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Intensity picks up after Smart-Butler dustup

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Intensity picks up after Smart-Butler dustup

CHICAGO –  A fast start once again set the stage for the Boston Celtics to take control of the Chicago Bulls who once again find themselves playing from behind against the Celtics as the first half ended with Boston ahead 57-46.

Boston began tonight’s Game 4 matchup against Chicago with a 14-4 run, similar to what they did in Game 3.

And just like Game 3, Boston continued to pull ahead in the first quarter which ended with the Celtics ahead 30-18.

But there was a distinct difference in Game 4.

Jimmy Butler, who had 14 points on 7-for-21 shooting in Game 3, was noticeably more aggressive looking for his shot.

And it resulted in him getting to line a lot.

In fact, he had more free throw attempts in the first quarter (8) than the entire Celtics team (7).

But it didn’t matter.

Because even though Boston wasn’t getting to the line, they were getting essentially whatever else they wanted to offensively.  

In the first quarter, they shot better than 50 percent from the field as part of a commanding start.

The second quarter saw Boston’s control of the game remain strong as the Celtics pulled ahead by as many as 20 points on multiple occasions.

And the intensity of the game really picked up after Marcus Smart and Jimmy Butler got into a little dustup in the second quarter that led to both players being whistled for technical fouls.

The incident fired up the Bulls initially, but not enough to where Boston’s lead was seriously threatened.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the first half of Game 4 between Boston and Chicago.

 

STARS

Gerald Green

The newest starter for Boston was a hard man for the Bulls to get a handle on in the first half. He led all scorers with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting to go with five rebounds.

Jimmy Butler

Getting him going was a priority for the Bulls, and Butler did not disappoint. He had 17 points at the half which included him going 11-for-14 from the free throw line.

Isaiah Thomas

Yet another efficient game shooting in the first half for Thomas. He had 16 points but did so on 4-for-10 shooting with the bulk of his scoring coming at the free throw line.

 

STUDS

Nikola Mirotic

He was the number two scorer the Bulls needed in Game 4. He did his part to help out in the first half, scoring 10 points on 3-for-5 shooting.

Jae Crowder

He didn’t take many shots, but was very efficient in scoring nine points on 4-for-5 shooting.

 

DUDS

Robin Lopez

He officially played 12 minutes in the first half, but you would not have known it by his presence; or rather lack of presence or impact on the game. Lopez missed all four of his shot attempts from the field and grabbed four rebounds.