Isaiah Thomas admitted he ‘might not ever talk’ with Danny Ainge again

'I’m still asking, ‘What the hell happened?’ It’s a trade you make in NBA2K. It’s not a trade you make in real life.'

Danny Ainge saw potential in Isaiah Thomas that multiple NBA teams missed, leading the Celtics’ president of basketball operations to trade for the point guard in 2015. The deal eventually allowed Thomas to reach his full potential, where he became a legitimate MVP candidate in the 2016-2017 season, helping the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Yet Thomas’ time in Boston was cut short by yet another trade, this time sending him to Cleveland. The blockbuster deal came just as Thomas was still dealing with a hip injury he acquired – and then worsened – playing for the Celtics a season ago.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, Thomas offered his unrestrained opinions on a range of subjects.

Speaking about the last 12 months, Thomas offered a profound summary.

“Best year of my career,” he said, “worst year of my life.”

Looking back on the Celtics’ playoff run, and the effect it had on his health, Thomas offered another blunt assessment.

“No doubt about it, I should have sat out the playoffs. No way around it, I made it worse.”

Of course, Thomas’s offseason – which began with the hope of rejoining a reloaded Celtics roster – was dashed when the team completed a landmark trade with the Cavaliers. The deal sent Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and multiple draft picks to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving.

Thomas explained at length in a Players’ Tribune column why the trade was so jarring for him (“I fell in love with Boston“), but weeks later he’s still in disbelief.

“None of it made any sense,” Thomas explained to Jenkins. “It still doesn’t make any sense. I’m still asking, ‘What the hell happened?’ It’s a trade you make in NBA2K. It’s not a trade you make in real life.”

One consequence of the trade that Thomas hadn’t previously touched on was the potentially permanent damage it’s done to his relationship with Ainge.

The executive and the player who used to regularly trade phone calls, and who combined to help create a Celtics renaissance, might not speak again:

Boston is going to be all love. I might not ever talk to Danny again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too.

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