In a telling feature published Wednesday, Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas told Sports Illustrated he feels wronged by Danny Ainge and “might not every talk” to the Celtics president of basketball operations “ever again.”
Thomas, whom Ainge traded this summer to Cleveland in a deal for Kyrie Irving, said that he played in the 2017 playoffs despite knowing it was going to worsen his hip injury. Though he said there was “no doubt” that he should have missed the playoffs, Thomas played even after the untimely death of his sister.
Thomas said that he left past teams upset with them, vowing to make the Kings and Suns regret moving him. He said that he will never have anything but love for the Celtics, but that he’ll hold a grudge against Ainge.
“Boston is going to be all love,” Thomas told SI. “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.”
To read the entire piece, in which Thomas also discusses the trade saga involving his hip, click here.