Isaiah Thomas says Celtics trading him 'hurt'

The Boston Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Thomas has broken a lengthy silence regarding the blockbuster trade that led to his departure from the Boston Celtics. And in an emotional essay for The Players’ Tribune, Thomas doesn’t mince his words, saying of the Celtics’ decision to trade him to the Cleveland Cavaliers: “That (expletive) hurt.”

In the piece, entitled “This Is For Boston,” Thomas candidly writes of his conversation with Celtics boss Danny Ainge when he learned he had been traded. Recalling an awkward pause in the conversation, Thomas recalls of how he felt upon Ainge saying, “I just traded you.”

And that’s when, like — man. You ever been on the phone, and someone says something … and then all of a sudden, all you can think about after is, I don’t want to be on the phone anymore? Not even in a rude way. Just, like, your willpower to have a conversation shuts down. That’s what it was like for me in that moment.

Thomas made it clear he remains unhappy with how things played out, writing, “But yeah, I’ll just say it: That (expletive) hurt. It hurt a lot. And I won’t lie — it still hurts.”

Thomas is said to be “fully committed” to the Cavaliers despite some clear bitterness toward the Celtics. An Instagram video Thomas rolled out this week documents as much —  on both fronts — quite well.

Thomas went on to make it clear in the powerful essay he expects big things out of his new team.

“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: You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year,” Thomas writes. “This is going to be a great year to be a Cavs fan, a great year. And I’m excited.”

Talk about throwing down the gauntlet.

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