Remember last offseason when the Boston Celtics sat back and watched the action? Well, in the 2014 offseason, the Celtics began to work early and often.
The Boston Celtics have a number of free agents, including Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries, but the return of these players will wait as Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge does his duties in reaching out to other players.
According to Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald, the Celtics contacted as many as 30 free agents involving names like Chandler Parsons, Gordon Hayward, Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Hill and Kent Bazemore (which head coach Brad Stevens personally called) early Tuesday.
Celtics contacted approximately 30 players last night, according to source. Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons are on the list.— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) July 1, 2014
The Boston Celtics were first team to call restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas when free agency started, per source. Danny Ainge called.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 1, 2014
The Detroit Pistons have reportedly offered Thomas a 3-year contract worth $24 million recently.
Ainge has some work to do to create a foundation moving forward, so look for him to continue his due diligence to see what the second-tier players are asking instead of jumping directly to the third.