Celtics' Thomas says he will put franchise first

Ashish Mathur

Isaiah Thomas wants the Boston Celtics to improve so much he's willing to put a contract extension on hold.

At least, that's the picture the star guard painted in an interview with ESPN.

Thomas, 28, is up for a contract extension at the end of the season, but said he will be OK with waiting if it helps the Celtics land some players in free agency.

Thomas to ESPN:

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that. Anything Danny [Ainge] and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more.

"I'm all help if they need it. I'll be around."

Thomas and the Celtics claimed the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference but were eliminated by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. Thomas injured his hip in the first half of Game 2 and never returned.

The Celtics own the No. 1 pick in next month's draft. It is believed they are leaning toward selecting guard Markelle Fultz out of Washington.