New Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas isn’t planning a revenge tour for the Boston Celtics like he did for the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns when they discarded him, but Thomas told Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins he may never speak to Celtics president Danny Ainge again.
“Boston is going to be all love,” he 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.”
Thomas has had a whirlwind last year. He had the best season of his career on the court, but it was cut short due to a hip injury that will force him to miss the first few months of this upcoming season. He also lost his younger sister, Chyna, to a fatal car accident right before last season’s playoffs began.
Then came the Celtics’ decision to trade him to the Cavaliers in order to get a younger and healthier Kyrie Irving. Ainge admitted to Thomas the hip injury played a role in the trade, as did the expiring contract that has the point guard set to hit free agency next summer. The move became even tougher to deal with when it was held up for a week because of questions about how he would recover from his injury.
“Best year of my career,” Thomas says, “worst year of my life.”
Thomas has always played with a chip on his shoulder thanks to all of the doubting he has faced in his career. He is attacking his rehab and hoping to beat the Cavaliers’ expected timetable that has him returning in late December or early January. Clearly he would like nothing more than to show Ainge that trading him was a mistake.