Isaiah Thomas may have been publicly outed as the disgruntled Cavs player that confronted Kevin Love during a team meeting last month, after Love left a blowout loss to Oklahoma City early due to an illness. But, as it turns out, it may have actually been another Cleveland newcomer/star *cough* Dwyane Wade *cough* who instigated the confrontation, which became as concrete an example as any of the Cavs' pre-trade deadline dysfunction.
Yes, according to Cleveland.com, Wade made an issue out of the early exit during practice just two days after the loss. As they put it:
As things started heading south for the Cavs in January, Wade was an instigator in the infamous team meeting Jan. 22, hours before they flew to San Antonio.
Yes, Thomas was upset that Kevin Love went home with an illness before a 24-point loss to Oklahoma City had concluded on Jan. 20, and that he was not at practice the following day.
But, sources said, it was Wade who first made an issue of it at practice Monday, challenging Lue to disclose where Love had been. Numerous players verbally attacked Love, who eventually explained his absence to the team as part of a wide-ranging, heated discussion in which virtually no one was immune from criticism.
Since, new revelations or not, that meeting took place nearly a month ago, you already know how the tale ends. Wade got sent back to Miami, and Thomas was dealt to the Lakers. Also, Love broke his hand. Meanwhile, the Cavs are 3-0 since the trade deadline, which is representative of either a season defining turnaround or a small sample size, depending on your life outlook.
Probably the latter though.