There’s one Celtic Isaiah Thomas might never forgive

Isaiah Thomas has always used his former employers as motivation. The Kings and Suns gave up on him, and the diminutive

Isaiah Thomas has always used his former employers as motivation.

The Kings and Suns gave up on him, and the diminutive dynamo has always wanted to make them, or any other doubters, pay. Now that Thomas is a legitimate star and was part of one of the biggest trades in NBA history, he might change course with his most recent club.

Well, almost.

“Boston is going to be all love,” Thomas told Sports Illustrated.

There was one caveat.

“I might not ever talk to Danny again,” Thomas said of Celtics general manager Danny Ainge. “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.”

Thomas became an MVP candidate and the most popular player on the Celtics last season, leading the team to the No. 1 seed in the East and a trip to the conference finals. He played through a hip injury in the playoffs, which included a fantastic Game 7 performance against the Wizards in the second round (29 points, 12 assists).

His condition got worse, and he was ineffective for two games against the Cavaliers in the conference finals before shutting it down. Now that he’s been traded to Cleveland in a package for Kyrie Irving, one of the biggest story lines of the 2017-18 season is when Thomas will be able play for his new team — and how effective he can be.

The Cavaliers hope to have him back by late December or early January. Thomas, who said he’s wrestled with the decision to rest his hip instead of having surgery, has been working out and hopes to return before then.

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

Beyond the injury, Thomas also dealt with the death of his sister the day before the playoffs began. Thomas called it the best year of his basketball career, but the worst year of his life.

“Hoop is what lets me forget about everything else,” Thomas says. “The court was the only place I felt comfortable. At home, I’d just sit around and think about my sister, which hurt. On the floor, I was free. Emotionally, I wasn’t even there.”

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