After being dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a shocking deal, Isaiah Thomas relayed he “might not ever talk to Danny [Ainge] again.”
Isaiah Thomas has become somewhat of an NBA nomad, as he’s on his fourth team in seven years. The only difference is the last team he suited up for — the Boston Celtics — he thought he’d be there long-term. The Celtics saw an opportunity and dealt him this past offseason to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a deal headlined by him and Kyrie Irving.
Despite the trade going through over a month ago, Thomas still has some ill will towards his former team. In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, Thomas relayed his new feelings for Ainge.
“Boston is going to be all love,” he vows, with one exception. “I might not ever talk to Danny 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.”
Thomas called Boston home for 2.5 seasons. His last campaign there was his best one yet, which included an All-Star selection and career-high 29.2 points per game average. He had a breakout season but was still expendable as he continued to recover from a hip injury suffered in March against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Despite being gone from Boston, Thomas felt last year was the “best year of my career” on the court, and “worst year of my life,” as he had to deal with multiple challenges to end the season. The 5-foot-9 guard also played a role in the Celtics signing Al Horford and Gordon Hayward during the last two summers.
“I felt like I was building my own thing in Boston and we were close,” Thomas told Sports Illustrated. “We were so close! Dang! That’s what hurts. We went from the lottery to the conference finals. We just got Hayward. We were right there.”