I was a player that was traded twice so I understand his sentiments, but you guys know how much I love Isaiah. "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", said Thomas. Thomas, who finished Top-5 in the MVP voting last season, has been undervalued by general managers in the league due to his recent injury history.
"Hoop is what lets me forget about everything else", Thomas says. "I never felt pain like that", Thomas winces.
Thomas had grown fond of Boston and the city had grown fond of Thomas during his short stint in Bean Town, even more so after the entire city rallied behind him after the loss of his sister Chyna only a day before the start of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Thomas also told Jenkins of a text he received from Brad Stevens after the trade, with the Celtics coach saying, "I've been looking at this wall for five hours trying to figure out what to say to you". Thomas is not expected to return to the court until January. At home, I'd just sit around and think about my sister, which hurt. But mentally it messed with me.
Ainge seemed to not even give a second thought when he traded away Thomas, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first rounder in exchange for Kyrie Irving, and in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins, Thomas had the chance to say his peace regarding the trade and the events leading up to it.
"You knew that was coming". I know there is a lot of feelings that go on when these type of things happen.
"Obviously he said some things today and he has some very strong feelings and strong emotions and I understand those", Ainge said. "He's a great kid and I wish him the best", Ainge was quoted as saying by ESPN.
The Celtics and Cavaliers play each other three times this season, but Thomas will miss the first game on October 17 as he still recovers from his hip injury.