Danny Ainge 'understands' why Isaiah Thomas might not speak to him again


But you guys know how much I love Isaiah.

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.

However, that wasn't to be the case, as Thomas was traded by the Celtics to their Eastern Conference rivals as part of the super trade between the two teams involving Kyrie Irving, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat.

He said: "Boston is going to be good".

"Ainge has said that the uncertainty about Thomas" injury and his impending free agency next summer was the motivating factor behind the trade.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Thomas was mostly positive about his time in Boston, but said Danny really hurt him and takes it personal.

His condition got worse, and he was ineffective for two games against the Cavaliers in the conference finals before shutting it down. Thomas is not expected to return to the court until January. "(The Cavs) hadn't even seen one of my MRIs, and they were acting like I was damaged, like this might ruin my career. I think there's just feelings there. But mentally it messed with me.

As for the the trials and tribulations he's referring to, Thomas is talking about his loyalty to the Celtics and helping them reach the Eastern Conference finals despite losing his sister to a vehicle accident the day before the playoffs began.

While the trade itself was a reminder the National Basketball Association is a cold, hard business, this recent back and forth between Thomas and Ainge is a reminder that even so, there's still all sorts of emotion involved.

"That's the hard part of the job", Ainge said at Wednesday's Shamrock Foundation charity golf tournament. "I know there's a lot of feelings that go on when these types of things happen", Ainge said. "He's a great kid and I wish him the best", Ainge was quoted as saying by ESPN.