“I don’t agree with it personally, and I don’t think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade.”
The five-foot nine-inch point guard wrote a massive letter on The Player’s Tribune titled This is for Boston. There was many takeaways from Thomas’s thoughts including how much he will miss Boston and how this trade “still hurts.”
Thomas played two and a half seasons with the Celtics, and averaged 23.4 points per game. He changed the Celtics negative culture to a positive one, and brought the franchise back to the playoffs. He was the guy for Boston and he knew it. “I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and Ortiz.” Thomas was starting to build his name in the city and started to draw comparisons to two Boston icons.
As Thomas let this trade sink in he thought back to last free agency, with Kevin Durant and how everyone viewed him as a villain just because he made the best business decision for himself.
“I want them to see how my getting traded- just like that, without any warning- by the franchise that I scratched and clawed for, and bled for, and put my everything on the line for?…So when the players are getting moved left and right, and having their lives changed without any say-so, and it’s no big deal…but then the handful of times it flips, and the player has control…then it’s some scandal?”
Obviously, Thomas is not too happy with the way the NBA has treated certain players including himself. As he added, “ to me, that says a lot about where we are as a league, and even as a society.”
After Thomas was able to move away from the past and realize now he is joining the Cleveland Cavaliers the excitement set in. “This is going to be a great year to be a Cavs fan, a great year.” Thomas later wrote, “From a basketball perspective, me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven.” Thomas might have gotten traded, but he definitely kept his same blue-collar basketball mindset. Thomas is excited for the future and is ready to pair up with Lebron James this upcoming season. The 2011 60th overall pick is not looking to disappoint Cleveland, “I didn’t come to Cleveland to lose.”