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It’s well-documented by now how angry and upset point guard Isaiah Thomas was when he heard the news that the Boston Celtics were trading him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving blockbuster deal.
Thomas, who has opened up about the trade since arriving to Cleveland, holds no ill will to the Celtics or their fans, but the same can’t be said about president Danny Ainge.
The 5-foot-9 All-Star guard enjoyed a career year in 2016-17, averaging 28.9 points per game while leading Boston to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Thomas became the heart and soul of the Celtics and the city of Boston embraced him to the fullest, chanting “MVP, MVP” throughout the season whenever Thomas went to the free throw line.
Then came the playoffs, where Thomas re-aggravated a labral tear in his hip and was shut down by the Celtics after Game 2 of the East finals.
There was some speculation that Thomas might need laparoscopic surgery over the summer, but Thomas and his camp decided to forgo any surgical operations.
Ainge admitted Thomas’ hip ailment was a big concern for the franchise and played a significant role in the decision to trade the electric scorer.
Ainge also suggested on a conference call with reporters after the trade went through that Thomas might not be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season — a claim which has since been confirmed by the Cavs.
Thomas is not expected to return until January.
In an exclusive interview with Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, Thomas says he should have sat out the playoffs, and that by playing, he made his hip even worse.
The Cavs’ new guard also indicates he may not ever speak with Ainge again.
“No doubt about it, I should have sat out the playoffs,” Thomas said. “No way around it, I made it worse.
“Boston is going to be all love, but 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.”