We all know just how angry and disappointed former Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was when he was suddenly involved in the trade that sent disgruntled Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, as Thomas had given all that he had to the Celtics franchise and didn’t want to be anywhere else.
After landing in Boston — his third team in his first five seasons in the league — many thought Boston GM Danny Ainge would build around the 5’9 dynamo, especially after his playoff performances while he was suffering both physically and mentally from a host of issues.
We were all reminded however that the NBA is primarily a business, and when the opportunity arised, Ainge grasped it with both hands, not even giving a second thought about trading away a player who had given so much to the team.
Thomas, who felt betrayed by Ainge, recently went on record to say even though he will forever hold the Boston Celtics and their fans deep in his heart, he may never speak to Danny Ainge ever again after what he did. Quite understandable.
Ainge was asked about Thomas’ comments on Thursday, and surprisingly, Ainge had no hard feelings.
Danny Ainge says he understands Isaiah Thomas' emotional reaction and why he said he wouldn't talk to him again. pic.twitter.com/Li5XtlRx3i
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) October 11, 2017
Danny realizes that he treated Isaiah terribly after everything he had done for the Celtics, and understands why the pair may never speak, but also notes that breaking relationships with players, no matter how strong, just comes with the job of being an NBA General Manager.
It’s obvious that Ainge didn’t want to trade away Thomas the way he did, but considering IT’s injury, and the opportunity that presented itself with Kyrie and the Cavs, Ainge had to make a tough decision either way.