Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday that Thomas is a more productive option off the bench, Jay King of MassLive.com reports. "I think Isaiah is more suited for a bench role," Ainge said. "Isaiah expends a ton of energy to score."
Zeller's numbers improved across the board during his first season with the Celtics. With Boston, Zeller played in all 82 games (59 starts) averaging 21 minutes, 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 assists per game.
Thomas was signed to a four-year deal by the Suns last offseason, but after struggling to cope to a bench role behind Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic, Thomas was traded to the Celtics at the trade deadline. Through 21 games with the Celtics, he averaged 19.0 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 0.6 steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in 26 minutes per game off the bench.