On – 11 Oct, 2017 By Jordan Heck
When Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors, people asked, “Where’s the loyalty?” But when Isaiah Thomas was traded from the Celtics to the Cavs, well, then the phrase, “It’s a business” gets used.
It’s an unfair double-standard often brought up by fans. But players know the game all too well, and when they feel like they’ve been betrayed, it often leads to hurt feelings. That appears to be the case with Thomas, who spoke about his Boston exit in a candid interview with SI’s Lee Jenkins.
Thomas admits he doesn’t view Celtics GM and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge in a positive light anymore. After the trade to Cleveland happened, Thomas couldn’t believe Ainge had it in him to pull the trigger.
From Sports Illustrated:
But there will be no revenge tour this time. “Boston is going to be all love,” [Thomas] vows, with one exception. “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.”
The Celtics and Cavs play opening night of the NBA season, but Thomas won’t be playing due to his injury. Still, it’s pretty remarkable Thomas is so open with his feelings about Ainge. Outside of him, though, it appears Thomas is ready to move on.
He told Jenkins he plans on 2017 being the, “best year of my career.”