If you told someone at the end of last season that Isaiah Thomas would be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017-18 campaign, they would have thought you were joking, as he seemed to be Boston Celtics through and through.
However, that wasn't to be the case, as Thomas was traded by the Celtics to their Eastern Conference rivals as part of the super trade between the two teams involving Kyrie Irving, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat.
Initially, there were clear indications that the point guard and the Celtics fans were unhappy with the trade, but slowly, Thomas accepted he now had to play for the Cavaliers despite everything he had given to Boston.
Yet, the one thing that still hurts the 28-year-old a lot is that despite what he left on the court for the Celtics, the team's general manager Danny Ainge threw him aside when Irving became available
Thomas told Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated: "Boston is going to be all love. (But) 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."
However, Thomas did give credit to Ainge for his squad building skills, but he's not sure if chemistry on the court will be as good as it was last season.
He said: "Boston is going to be good. They’ve got really good players and a great coach. But it takes more than talent. They lost a lot of heart and soul."
Due to his injuries that caused him to a large part of the Eastern Conference Finals, while he was still in Boston, Thomas won't be able to play in the Cavaliers season opener in a week's time, which so happens to be against the Celtics.