Before Signing With Nuggets, Isaiah Thomas Called Danny Ainge About Possible Return to Celtics

About a year ago, Isaiah Thomas thought he would be signing a max deal this summer.

Instead, he only received one offer -- a veteran's minimum worth just over $2 million with the Nuggets.

In a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Thomas revealed the following:

Before finalizing the agreement with Denver, Thomas had reached out to Boston GM Danny Ainge. They talked for 15 to 20 minutes, Thomas says, and he told Ainge: "If the opportunity is there, I would just like to let you know that I'd love to come back."  Ainge says his mind was open to the idea, but the Celtics needed to work through Marcus Smart's restricted-free-agency discussions before they could consider making an offer to Thomas.

Ainge was willing to continue the conversation, but Thomas accepted the Nuggets' offer before Boston had reached its new deal with Smart.  "S---, I'd have gone back," Thomas says. "I don't hold grudges."

Considering the things Thomas said about Ainge after the Celtics' GM traded him to Cleveland, it's quite surprising to learn that Thomas was open to a reunion.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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