In a piece by Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, point guard Isaiah Thomas said that he might never speak to Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge, who traded Thomas in a deal for Kyrie Irving earlier this offseason, again. Ainge responded Wednesday. From ESPN’s Chris Forsberg:
“You know that’s the hard part of the job. I mean, 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.”
Ainge said that he hasn’t talked to Thomas since the trade. When asked whether he would try to mend the relationship, later on, Ainge said that he would like to try to do so, but that it takes two people, and Thomas has some understandably negative feelings towards Ainge at the moment.
Ainge said that Thomas was a great Celtic, and that “he will be a part of Celtic history forever.”
Thomas made Second Team All-NBA last season after averaging 28.9 points per game for the Celtics.