Who would’ve thought that when you trade your franchise’s most beloved player, that some of his teammates would be unhappy with the situation?
The entire NBA world was shocked when it was rumored – and later confirmed – that Boston would be sending Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first round pick to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving, probably none more so than the Celtics players involved.
Most thought that Thomas would be untouchable considering the season he had just had with the Celtics, leading them to the first seed in the East, and playing in a playoff game immediately after the death of his sister, but apparently not.
Even though Isaiah knows the NBA is a business, and Boston are just doing what they think is right for the team, that doesn’t mean IT and his former teammates can’t be unhappy with the way the Celtics’ organization went about everything.
Isaiah Thomas: Celtics teammates told me ‘that’s how they do you’ after trade to Cavaliers https://t.co/ZUS95TGzDp
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) September 8, 2017
Isaiah Thomas said the Boston Celtics he left behind were as shocked as he was when he was traded to the Cavaliers.
“After all you did, that’s how they do you,” Thomas said to cleveland.com. “That was everybody’s text message. … I can’t control that and my teammates know what I meant to that team and the organization knows and that’s what matters the most. The people I was around each and every day.
“But I think not just myself, everybody was surprised. Everybody.”
As you can tell from the above quote, Thomas voiced his displeasure with the way he was traded, as well as mentioning most of his teammates shared that sentiment, albeit in a professional manner.
IT gave his all for the city of Boston, sometimes carrying the C’s to victories with his fourth quarter performances, and it’s only more impressive when you learn he’s been playing with that hip injury for the past few months.
Of course, Boston will be extremely glad to have Kyrie Irving on their squad, but the way they treated Isaiah may affect their pull in the free agency market in the future.