Isaiah Thomas is back on speaking terms with Danny Ainge, the Celtics general manager responsible for trading him from Boston to Cleveland last year. Thomas made no secret of his disappointment about the trade after leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
On the eve of his return to the court, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard confirmed in a pre-game interview that it's now all water under the bridge. "He texted me last night. We're good," said Thomas as reported by Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal.
Isaiah Thomas on Danny Ainge: "He texted me last night. We're good."— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) January 3, 2018
This is an interesting turn of events, considering just last October Thomas and Ainge had serious beef. "I might not ever talk to Danny again," he told Sports Illustrated. "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." Ainge issued an unbothered response, saying, "I don't know what we owe him."
The 28-year-old played an impressive first game with the Cavs on Tuesday night, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers. Thomas opted to sit this homecoming game out, as he's easing himself back in after his hip injury.