The Boston Celtics are coming off the back of an incredible season that saw them overachieve beyond anybody's wildest dreams. They may have fallen at the first hurdle in the playoffs, but so soon after the 'big three' era came to an end, nobody expected Beantown to be a contender in the east.
They may have had a disappointing draft night with their incredible eight picks, but the future certainly looks bright for the famous green. Their exploits in the postseason would've given them the necessary confidence to go one step further next year, and free agency has the potential to offer something very special.
Boston are at the Kevin Durant table, although it is unlikely they can convince him to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder. The franchise will still have other options knowing the likelihood of a deal with the 2014 Most Valuable Player is slim.
Speaking at a Celtics CommUNITY stop at the Roxbury YMCA, All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas gave his views on what he thinks the organisation needs to become stronger next season.
“I just hope we get a few more pieces. I think that’s what we need,” he said. “I think that would be the next steps for us, and then we go from there. I’ve got a lot of trust in Danny [Ainge] and those guys in the front office because that’s their job, that’s what they do.
"And they know what they’re getting themselves into. So I’m just trying to do my part with telling people how special Boston is. And then hopefully they listen.”
Times have changed dramatically for Thomas over the past 18 months. Gone are the days of the point guard sweating over free agency, worrying whether he will be kept on. The 27-year-old is now at the lead table and is used as a bargaining chip to attract new talent to the organisation, and the Washington native admits that it is a 'great feeling'.
He said: “It’s a crazy feeling just because years ago that didn’t even come close. I was worried about making the team the next year. So it’s a good feeling knowing that they I guess trust my word or anything, and they come to me for things that they need or they want me to do. Knowing that you have trust in the organisation, that’s a great feeling.”
The next couple of weeks are sure to keep Celtics fans on the edge of their seats as they look to bring an end their mini title drought. The most successful franchise in NBA history have not won a championship since 2008 and the supporters in Massachusetts are craving success.
Boston is certainly an interesting destination for free agents, but how interesting, well, only time will tell.