Isaiah Thomas not happy with Danny Ainge


"Obviously he said some things today and he has some very strong feelings and strong emotions and I understand those", Ainge said.

That appears to be the case with Thomas, who spoke about his Boston exit in a candid interview with SI's Lee Jenkins.

Danny Ainge isn't simply the architect behind building the Celtics' roster, he's also a former player who experienced a number of hard challenges in his career that allow him to relate to current players. That might not happen. I'll talk to everybody else. "I don't know how you're doing this", one marveled.

"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 expressed similar sentiments in his September Players' Tribune essay, saying the trade taught him about the cruel business side of sports. In a blockbuster trade, the Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving in exchange for a package headlined by Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick. The deal was held up for almost one week due to concerns about Thomas' health.

The Celtics and Cavaliers play each other three times this season, but Thomas will miss the first game on October 17 as he still recovers from his hip injury.

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However, Thomas did give credit to Ainge for his squad building skills, but he's not sure if chemistry on the court will be as good as it was last season.

Some players really don't want to be traded. "He's a great kid and I wish him the best".

Being 5'9, Thomas has had to play with a chip on his shoulder dating back to his days at the University of Washington, but once he gets healthy enough to suit up for the Cavalier, IT may be playing with the biggest chip of all-time resting on his shoulder. Though Thomas will be sidelined, the anticipation should still be at an apex. Still, it's pretty remarkable Thomas is so open with his feelings about Ainge.

I don't know. I mean, would try to, but I have no idea.

Reporter: Have you talked to Isaiah beyond the night of the trade?