After finally returning to the court after seven months out with a hip injury and making his first appearance in Boston since being traded by the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is ready to put the past behind him and move on.
The point guard has spoken publicly on several occasions about his disappointment at being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers by the C's after two successful seasons with the franchise.
Coupled with an injury that has kept him off the floor for a significant period of time and the tragic death of his sister, Thomas has had a lot to deal with both physically and emotionally.
But the 28-year-old made a return to TD Garden for the first time since being dealt and was greeted with love by the Celtics fans, his former teammates, and the coaching staff as the Cavs took on the Eastern Conference leaders earlier this week.
IT wasn't in the lineup, as the Cavaliers opted against playing him in a back-to-back, but he was still given a rousing reception by the home fans when he was shown on the jumbotron.
The veteran has stated that he has no hard feeling with the organization and no longer has any bitterness about the trade and is only focused on winning a championship in Cleveland.
But Isaiah did previously state that he had no intention of speaking to general manager Danny Ainge ever again after the manner of the deal that sent him to Ohio.
However, the All-NBA guard is in the mood for reconciliation and revealed that he has recently had dialogue with the man that traded him and expressed the love he still has for the team.
"How much do I watch the Celtics? I watch them a lot," Thomas said, per MassLive. "I like how they play. I love Brad Stevens. I love Marcus Smart even though he flops all the time. I love Terry Rozier. I love the coaching staff. Like I said, there's no hard feelings.
"The only hard feelings is Danny didn't send me no Christmas card this year. ... Have I forgiven Danny? He texted me last night so we're good."
Thomas' relationship with Ainge soured over the summer after the latter broke the news of the trade to him via a phone call.
But time heals all wounds and the former Celtics star is ready to forgive and forget as he's just glad to be back playing basketball after such a lengthy spell out.
In his first appearance of the season, he showed no signs of rust as he poured in 17 points in just 19 minutes off the bench to help the Cavs defeat the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.
IT is expected to be inserted into the starting lineup for Saturday night's encounter with the Orlando Magic and he's hoping to see his minutes increase over the coming weeks and play a major role in helping the Wine and Gold compete for a title once again.News Now - Sport News