The Cavaliers formally introduced Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic - the three players they received from the Celtics in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston - at a press conference Thursday, but the team shied away from discussing Thomas' hip issue.
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.
The deal was held up last week when Cleveland asked Boston for additional compensation after Thomas reported for his physical and the Cavs had concerns about the All-Star point guard's health. Thomas apparently has a lot of respect for LeBron James, and it seems he is very excited to be his teammate next season.
And then Ainge, according to Thomas said, "I just traded you". However, one huge National Basketball Association player was actually a guest during a big tournament in the U.S. 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. "And that's when he told me", Thomas wrote.
Kyrie Irving didn't want to play with LeBron James anymore.
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.
"This was the first place, the first organization, the first group of fans in the league that didn't take one look at me, take one look at my size, and put me into the same role as always", Thomas wrote. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I'm sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? I don't agree with it, just personally, and I don't think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade.
It is not known when Thomas will return this season, but when he does, he is ready to tear it up! Who knows, maybe they can convince James to stay by adding another star to the roster.