Armed with a treasure chest of assets like the Brooklyn Netsâ 2017 first-round pick, the Boston Celtics have the potential to pull off a major trade before Thursdayâs trade deadline.
The Celtics are No. 2 in the East and, with Isaiah Thomas becoming a free agent this summer, adding a key player now will likely help Boston against the Cleveland Cavaliers while also further convincing their All-Star guard that he should re-sign.
So with this in mind, Celtics fans went crazy on Twitter after Thomas tweeted the ever popular two-eyes emoji, as perhaps he was reacting to a potential trade that Boston was about to complete.
👀— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 21, 2017
8:23 PM— Marvin Morel (@MarvAntMore) February 21, 2017
Isaiah Thomas: ð
Me: gotta wait for this trade
Me: I'm going to bed
Jae Crowder: ððð
#Celtics fans in reaction to ð @Isaiah_Thomas#NBATradeDeadline#Tommypointpic.twitter.com/Ze5DnqRx9O— Dave Rouse (@TitoRouse) February 21, 2017
Trying to process @Isaiah_Thomas' ð tweet like... pic.twitter.com/tsEVNR0jdw— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) February 21, 2017
When Isaiah Thomas tweets out an emoji and you know you won't be able to sleep until all questions are answered. pic.twitter.com/Ohz0f7NrDe— Tyler Sullivan (@TylerSully) February 21, 2017
.@Isaiah_Thomas every #Celtics fan right now. âðâ pic.twitter.com/SScx7QMRFR— K.J. Hammond (@BrandNute) February 21, 2017
@Isaiah_Thomaspic.twitter.com/08cKQPBduf— Tony X. (@soIoucity) February 21, 2017
Adding fuel to the fire, Pistons center Andre Drummond, who Detroit has considered trading, retweeted Thomas and then posted his own two-eyes emoji tweet:
👀— Andre Drummond (@AndreDrummond) February 21, 2017
Drummond might just be playing around, but Thomas tweeted the two eyes emoji over the summer right before the Celtics signed Al Horford, so there is precedent as to why Celtics fans freaked out like they did. Also, because of Thomasâ tweet reporters began to reach out to the Celtics to see if a potential deal was in the works. This led to Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren to crack a joke about Thomasâ emoji use.
Life in 2017: A player randomly tweets 👀 and ~20 reporters instantly txt or call you demanding to know when the trade is happening. Lol.— Mike Zarren (@mikezarren) February 21, 2017
Zarren hasnât denied that a trade is or could be happening, so his joke hasnât quelled Celtics fansâ angst and anticipation. But likely nothing will keep Celtics fans and the rest of the NBA world calm until the Feb. 23 trade deadline passes. Until then the rumors, reports and cryptic tweets will keep fueling speculation.