It’s not a secret that Isaiah Thomas was a little frustrated with Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge after being traded to Cleveland, given everything IT had done for the franchise since his arrival back in 2015.
Ainge seemed to not even give a second thought when he traded away Thomas, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 first rounder in exchange for Kyrie Irving, and in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, Thomas had the chance to say his peace regarding the trade and the events leading up to it.
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In the interview — entitled ‘Best year of my career, worst year of my life,’ Thomas touches on the hip injury that he suffered last year, which is sidelining him from starting the season with the Cavs this year.
“No doubt about it, I should have sat out the playoffs. No way around it, I made it worse.”
Being in the situation Thomas was in, it was a lose/lose situation. IT suffered the hip injury towards the back end of the regular season, but it was minor enough where he could continue playing with minimal discomfort. Then during the playoffs, Isaiah’s sister passed away in a traffic accident, and a few days later, he aggrivatedhis hip in the series against Washington. IT had two choices, he could either sit out and rehab his injury, giving him no distraction from the family tragedy, or he could suit up for Boston, risking his physical health to calm his mental health.
Obviously, Thomas chose the latter option, and is now regretting it.
Not only did Isaiah talk about his injury, he also went in on Ainge for trading him after everything he had gone through.
“Boston is going to be all love. I might not ever talk to Danny [Ainge] again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too,” said Thomas.
Those comments only confirm to everyone that Isaiah definitely wasn’t pleased with Boston’s decision to trade him, going as far as never talking to Danny Ainge ever again, which isn’t a light threat.
Being 5’9, Thomas has had to play with a chip on his shoulder dating back to his days at the University of Washington, but once he gets healthy enough to suit up for the Cavalier, IT may be playing with the biggest chip of all-time resting on his shoulder.