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Isaiah Thomas’ continued running commentary on his brief time as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Even in the Cavaliers’ locker room.
Thomas, traded by Cleveland to the Los Angeles Lakers on deadline day (Feb. 8), said in an ESPN interview with ESPN that the Cavaliers were in “panic mode” when they made the deal.
Asked about Thomas’ comments before the Cavaliers cut down the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 129-123, on Tuesday night, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue produced a mic-dropper.
“I’m panicking now,” he said, laughing.
Thomas said during the interview he was surprised by the trade, which sent him and Channing Frye, along with Cleveland’s 2018 first-round draft pick in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
“I didn’t think they would pull the trigger that fast, 15 games,” he said. “But again, it’s a business. And the Cavs were, I mean, they were in panic mode.
“We were losing… a lot. And I think they felt like they needed to make a move, and they, they basically cleared house.”
Since Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman pulled off three trades that sent six guys packing and brought back The New 4 — Clarkson and Nance Jr. from the Lakers, George Hill from the Kings and Rodney Hood from the Jazz — Cleveland has been in fast-forward mode, trying to reassemble a championship-contending team pretty much on the fly.
To that point, Lue said it usually takes 20 games to figure out how a team will play in any season.
“We don’t have 20 games,” Lue said, though the Cavaliers (36-24) do have 22 games yet to be played this season. “But we’re still just going to keep plugging away. I think every day using our practices and shootarounds to get up to speed. Today, those guys came in early again just going through the plays and getting the situations down, the sets down. They’re putting in the work and that’s all you can ask.
“We don’t have 20 games, but it’s going to take some time and we understand that. We’ve just got to keep playing hard, competing and we’ll figure the rest out.”