The craziest trade of the NBA offseason went down between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, with Boston sending star point guard Isaiah Thomas and others to Cleveland in exchange for superstar Kyrie Irving.
It was a tough trade for Celtics fans, as they were excited to have Irving in green, but were very sad to see Thomas go.
Thomas became a superstar with the Celtics, but he injured his hip during last year's playoffs and has been unable to take the court so far this season for his new team.
In a Christmas Day interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Thomas said he didn't like how Boston GM Danny Ainge used a hip injury IT suffered while playing for the Celtics as a justification for the trade:
“I was hurt,” he said about Ainge using his injury as a reason for the trade. “I was very hurt, because I gave them everything I had. I gave them too much, when I should’ve just sat out, especially with all the stuff I was going through. And when I say ‘going through,’ with my sister passing and things like that. You don’t do things like that, man, so that’s why it hurt. And it was a weird situation for him to say one of the reasons he traded me was because of my hip, because I hurt my hip on your time.”
Thomas is on the record as saying he has no interest in talking to Ainge the next time the Celtics play the Cavaliers, but has no hard feelings toward Boston fans.
If Thomas is healthy enough to play when the Celtics and Cavs face off in Boston on Jan. 3, he'll likely receive a huge ovation from the Boston crowd. On Tuesday, he thanked Boston once again for the love he received during his time in green:
"I will always love Boston," the full tweet reads. "That city and organization gave me a opportunity to be a superstar and I took it and ran with it. I am a Cleveland Cavalier now and I’m more than happy to be one. Just sit back and Watch how special 2018 is going to be! #PositiveVibesONLY #ThatSLOWgrind"
He also added a tweet about how he isn't the one who is constantly bringing up his trade, and that he only discusses it when media members ask him about it:
"It’s funny how people think I keep bringing up the dumbass trade situation. It’s the media asking the same dumbass questions about it," he said. "So it’s obvious they want to keep it going. It’s not like when I’m interviewed I’m asking them can you PLEASE bring up the trade please lol."
As Jan. 3 draws nearer, it's likely IT will be asked even more about the trade, so it'll be interesting to see how he responds to the increased chatter about his feelings toward the Celtics.