Former Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas took to social media Tuesday night to finally acknowledge his trade to Cleveland.
Betrayed? Discouraged? Upset?
All of those emotions have to be stemming through the mind of a player who helped put Boston back on the NBA map. With the understanding that this is a business, Thomas has used motivation as his loudest form of communication. You’ll see evidence of that in his silent Instagram post below:
In the video, Thomas is heard having a phone conversation in which he briefly describes his phone call with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. The distraught is heard in his voice, but how he feels about the trade isn’t expressed.
However, the images of him hitting a big shot in a Celtics uniform mixed with images of him working out exemplifies a man motivated.
While the trade that sent Thomas, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving has “emotionally wounded” the 5-foot-9 point guard, he appears ready to heal through his performance on the court.
On to Cleveland
With an opportunity to play with LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas will have an opportunity to get back at his former team. As the two teams are destined to compete for Eastern Conference supremacy this upcoming season, IT can help the Cavaliers keep the Boston Celtics from reaching their mantle. He also has a chance to show the rest of the NBA that he is a player worth a max contract.
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Whoever brings the “Brinks truck,” will have to be convinced that Thomas is not slowed by a bad hip. With the trade revealing that the two-time All Star has been suffering from a hip injury for some time, the new Cavs point guard is inspired to bounce back just as strong if not stronger.
Down, but not broken
In an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski last Tuesday, Isaiah Thomas addressed reports about concern surrounding his hip injury. He was not only adamant that he is not “damaged goods,” he clarified that the injury will not hold him back.
"“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas said in the interview. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. Not doctor has told me anything different than that.”"
Thomas went on to mention that no doctor has told him the injury is career threatening. The 28-year-old star is not broken, but will be delayed in returning to the court in 2017.
How will he look in a Cavaliers’ uniform once he returns? The Instagram video may serve as a preview.