Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas recently broke his silence following the blockbuster deal from the Boston Celtics, and through a Players' Tribune piece said that his former team "did not get better by making this trade".
The Cavaliers will also get the Miami Heat's 2020 second-round pick, but the Brooklyn Net's unprotected 2018 first-round pick is, without a doubt, the most attractive trade asset they got in return for Irving.
The state of Thomas' hip during a physical was a holdup in completing the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.
The video post's caption includes lyrics by a Nipsey Hussle, with Thomas writing, in part, "They say every man is defined by his reaction to any given situation".
"I'mma just say this here, point-blank, to get it over with - and then you can go ahead and post it on whatever bulletin boards you want to", Thomas teased knowing he was about to drop a bomb on the National Basketball Association.
Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic with their new jersies at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 7, 2016 in Independence, Ohio.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired two starting caliber point guards this offseason, Derrick Rose via free agency and Isaiah Thomas via trade.
If that doesn't get you excited for NBA basketball right there, I don't think you can even call yourself a basketball fan at all.
When he's healthy, Thomas gives the Cavs another proven scoring option alongside LeBron James. Last season he led the league in drives per game.
"There was a lot going on that day, obviously", Crowder told reporters in Cleveland. That was bittersweet, Thomas said: He had hoped to build a Brady-like career as an unheralded draft pick who went on to become an all-time Boston great. "The good thing about the whole ordeal was I was able to whisper it to my mom before she passed".
Now Crowder comes back to the team that initially selected him out of Marquette University, looking to fuel the bench as a lockdown defender and knock-down shooter -- one which the Cavs will make great use of coming into the start of the season. "And I won't lie - it still hurts", Thomas wrote.
"It was surprising, definitely caught time off guard", Thomas said when asked about his initial thoughts on the trade.