Isaiah Thomas on getting traded from Boston: 'It still hurts'

Hope Soto
September 8, 2017

His oldest son, James, seemed pretty excited about his father getting traded to Cleveland. So Cleveland, if you know any skate parks in the Cleveland area, let Thomas know!

Here are five takeaways from the introductory press conference on September 7 for new Cavaliers players Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic, all obtained from the Boston Celtics in the much-discussed August trade for Kyrie Irving.

But yeah, I'll just say it: That shit hurt. "It's only because of something I did", he said. "Honestly, it felt like the whole city of Boston was with me". After seeing the way he talks about the trade, I believe that the trade caught him by surprise.

Crowder described the scene during an introductory press conference in Cleveland.

"From a basketball perspective, me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven", Thomas wrote.

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But his former coach Brad Stevens, on a sit-down interview via The Celtics on CSN Twitter page, had nothing but high praise for the playmaker, saying that Thomas "will always have an impact on Boston". "And I'll never forget that".

Thomas failed his initial physical in Cleveland, which almost derailed the blockbuster trade.The deal was salvaged when the Celtics tossed in a 2018 second-round draft pick to the original package that included the three aforementioned players and a 2018 first-rounder. Following the blockbuster trade last week, NBA Live's demo was expanded and updated this morning to reflect the swap. So for me, this is Isaiah Thomas confirming that he is still dealing with the hip injury.

One of the reasons Thomas highlighted he loved Boston was how the city got around him to support him when his sister died in a vehicle crash in April before Game 1 of the playoffs.

During his 2.5 years with the Celtics, Thomas says he "fell in love with Boston" and was disappointed because he wanted to go down in New England sports history for bringing championships to Boston. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I'm sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? I think they gave it to me with the trade.

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