Coach Tyronn Lue said that Thomas would not start the season and declared Derrick Rose as the team's primary point guard with Jose Calderon backing him up in Thomas' absence. Thomas wearing Cleveland Cavaliers gear is evidence that this isn't old footage. "You good?", to Thomas.
The blockbuster that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston focused understandably on the inclusion of All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who had led the Celtics to the conference finals just weeks after the death of his sister. The Nets' pick will help the Cavaliers speed up the rebuilding process, especially with the potential departure of LeBron James in 2018. Thomas wasn't too thrilled with leaving Boston, a city that allowed him to grow from a volume scorer on bad teams to the centerpiece of an up-and-coming Celtic team. When you talk about a part of the body such as your hip, it plays a huge role in your mobility and jumping ability.
"In my mind, I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and (Red Sox slugger David) Ortiz", he wrote.
"I get to come over and join the best team in the East, and try to win a championship alongside the best basketball player in the world", Thomas wrote. "You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year". You really going to throw three guys on me, when I'm sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet?
Not long after that, Thomas added, "I didn't come to Cleveland to lose".
He didn't hold back in his message, and made sure to get one point across - that he doesn't hold a grudge: "I wasn't wronged".
According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Thomas is leaving his current management company, Excel Sports Management, and is looking for a new agent to guide him into free agency next year. So maybe, I don't know. maybe that's something to be proud of.
"It was one of the most hard conversations I ever had", Ainge told CSN's Kyle Draper and Brian Scalabrine following last week's introductory press conference for Irving and Gordon Hayward.