Isaiah Thomas clarifies comments on Danny Ainge

Isaiah Thomas clarifies comments on Danny Ainge

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas took to the Road Trippin’ podcast and clarified his comments on Celtics president Danny Ainge, a man he said that he would never talk to again because of the way he treated him on his way out of Boston, in his own way.

“People took it the wrong way,” Thomas, expected to be out until at least January, reflected on the comments he made to Sports Illustrated. “I understand the business, I understand that we’re in position to get traded and sent to other teams and things like that. It’s just how it went down that I didn’t respect. As a man, I feel like if you respected me as much as you say you did, you would have at least informed me about what was going on before it happened. And that’s all I was talking about.

“I’m not tripping off the trade, like I got traded to the Cavs and we’re going to win a championship. And at the end of the day, I’m going to be fine with that,” the 28-year-old Thomas continued. “[Ainge] sent me to an even better situation with a bigger platform. I’m blessed to be in the position, I’m grateful and I’m excited.”

All of the players in the podcast — Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, Thomas, and Jae Crowder — all touched on the drama of getting traded from one team to another, and as Frye talked about players deserving communication, you could hear Thomas simply agreeing in the background, saying, “That’s what I’m talking about.”

Yet, despite his gratitude for Ainge put him in with the Cavs, Thomas told Crowder that he’s not going to be buddy-buddy with Ainge should the two meet on the court.

“I already said what I’m doing. I’m going to keep it pushing like he kept pushing when he traded me,” Thomas said. “I’m not going to disrespect him. He’s a man and I’m a man, too. Like, I’m going to go my way. I play for the Cavaliers and that’s what it is.”

Ainge and the Celtics will be in Cleveland tonight, of course, as the new-look Celtics will begin their 2017-18 season against the Thomas-less Cavaliers.

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