Isaiah Thomas has made no secret that he isn’t happy about how he was shipped by Danny Ainge to Cleveland in the Kyrie Irving deal, and now, months later, there’s behind the scenes video – released by The Players’ Tribune – of Thomas reacting to the call from Ainge where he was told he’d been dealt. As you might expect, IT was genuinely blindsided by the news.
“That’s crazy. What are you talking about? My kids about to start school. Off the strength, after everything I went through —–. You’re not supposed to do that. But it’s… I mean, if that’s what he wants.”
Thomas attempts to put the best spin possible on the situation, and is at least thankful he’s headed to a winner.
“Danny’s like that. But I mean, I’m not tripping. It’s just crazy that they would do that. Like, I’m not mad… I would be mad if I went to a weak-ass team. It’s like, we gonna win the Finals anyway.”
Danny’s like that.
Everyone likes a good pull-the-curtain-back access video, and watching the mechanics of how this NBA mega deal went down is fascinating. Thomas was all in for the Celtics, but the NBA is a cruel business. One thing’s for sure, if the Celtics and Cavs meet in the playoffs, IT is gonna be looking for blood.
Isaiah Thomas processing the news that Danny Ainge traded him is pretty intense to watch pic.twitter.com/9JBhGYfSZ7
— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) December 20, 2017
Here’s the full episode, if you want to watch more of the before and after.