"It's not a trade you make in real life."
Isaiah Thomas still can't believe that Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he may never speak with him again.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, the new Cavs point guard opened up about the trade that landed him in Cleveland as well as his feelings towards the man that allowed it to happen.
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"None of it made any sense," Thomas said, according to Sports Illustrated. "It still doesn't make any sense. I'm still asking, 'What the hell happened?' It's a trade you make in NBA2K. It's not a trade you make in real life."
"Boston is going to be all love," Thomas told Sports Illustrated. "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."
Isaiah, who helped the Celtics recruit free agent forward Gordon Hayward before he was traded, still thinks about what might have been had he been able to stay in Boston.
"I felt like I was building my own thing in Boston and we were close," Thomas said to SI. "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."
Unfortunately for Thomas, he won't be on the court when the Cavs open up the regular season against the Boston Celtics next Tuesday, October 17th. The hip injury that sidelined him during last season's Eastern Conference Finals is expected to keep him out of Cleveland's lineup until January, and some reports suggest he could be out of action until the NBA All-Star break in mid-February.
Whenever he is finally cleared to play, Thomas has vowed to be the same player that led the Celtics to a #1 seed last season.