Cold World: Isaiah Thomas Needs To Move On From Drama With Danny Ainge

It’s understandable for Isaiah Thomas to feel hurt after being traded from Boston to Cleveland…but for the love of God, it’s time to move on! We are now less than a week away from opening night for the 2017-18 NBA season and still talking about this damn trade.

That trade happened 43 days ago. Thomas is allowed to still be hurt, but let’s just stop talking about it.

Thomas went on a rant earlier this week about how he’ll never talk to Danny Ainge again.

“Boston is going to be all love,” Thomas told Sports Illustrated. “I might not ever talk to Danny again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too.”

“None of it made any sense,” Thomas said, according to SI. “It still doesn’t make any sense. I’m still asking, ‘What the hell happened?’ It’s a trade you make in NBA2K. It’s not a trade you make in real life.”

We’ll give Thomas credit in the fact that he’s motivated to show Boston what they are missing. He’s no different from any other player who is traded and wants to prove something to their former team.

Here’s where he loses us, saying that it’s a trade that happens in 2K and not in real life.

News flash: that trade happened in real life — this reality — 43 days ago; it’s time to face the facts.

Saying these things while with a different team isn’t the wisest thing to do on Thomas’ part. If you are a teammate of his on the Cavaliers, it should make you question why he is still talking about this trade. It’s like dating a woman who still has feelings for a guy she broke up with a while back. That alone makes you question the stability of the relationship.

What Thomas is not grasping is the fact that the NBA is not in the basketball business but the entertainment business. Ainge’s job as general manager is to put the best team possible on the floor for the Celtics. In addition, he wants to make moves that ensure the team is in the playoffs every single year.

Ainge responded to Thomas and offered condolences because he too was traded while playing in the NBA.

“You know, [trades are] the hard part of the job,” he told ESPN. “I know there is a lot of feelings that go on when these type of things happen. I was a player that was traded twice, so I understand his sentiments, but you guys know how much I love Isaiah. He’s a great kid and I wish him the best.”

The wound from this trade is still quite fresh for Thomas. However, it’s time to face the harsh reality that the NBA is out to make money. Unfortunately, players, like Thomas, are considered pieces that can be moved at will by front offices.