The trade deadline has been one of the craziest we’ve seen in ages, mostly because the Cleveland Cavaliers decided the best way to solve their recent woes was pretty much to start from scratch.
Just hours after Isaiah Thomas stated that he was comfortable at Cleveland and that he was sick and tired of being traded, the journeyman was dealt once again, this time to the Los Angeles Lakers, in return for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
The tweener guard was the team’s scapegoat ever since coming back from injury, and it’s been quite a tough stretch for IT, missing wide open shots, air-balling threes, and being even worse on the defensive end of the floor as he usually was.
Still, the treatment he was getting at the Land wasn’t fair at all and he didn’t hesitate to tell that to the media every time he got the chance, stating that the team had huge trust issues and that he was being blamed for all the defensive struggles they’ve had even before him making his debut.
But now, amid the trade that finally got him away from that toxic environment, Thomas’ agent has decided to break the silence and take a direct shot at LeBron James, who’s also one of the team’s biggest issues.
"He's worked too hard to get back, and he's a ball dominant player," said Thomas' agent, Aaron Goodwin. "It's LeBron's ball, and this clearly wasn't working. Koby (Altman) and I have had enough conversations where it was clear, with the way the system was going, it wasn't beneficial for either party. This is a good opportunity for Isaiah."
Thomas’ fault or not, the team’s front office has given LeBron a loud and clear message during this deadline, as they didn’t consult him regarding the moves they did that sent Thomas, Crowder, Frye, Rose and Iman Shumpert away from the team. (Although they did consult him for Wade)
Also, Cleveland got younger and managed to keep the Nets pick for this upcoming Draft, so they’re pretty much letting LeBron know they’re not counting with him anymore beyond this season, and that they’ve had it with him and his attitude.