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Sep 7, 2017
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With the blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics finalized, Isaiah Thomas is now officially a member of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Champions.

In the past weeks, all eyes have been on the trade which spawned a ton of expert opinions and fan theories on the matter. And now, Isaiah finally shared how he really feels about the Celtics trading him to their bitter rivals for Kyrie Irving.

In a letter to The Players' Tribune, Isaiah spoke his mind and started by admitting that news of the trade devastated him.

“Your willpower to have a conversation shuts down. That’s what it was like for me in that moment... I’ll just say it: That shit hurt. It hurt a lot. And I won’t lie—it still hurts. It’s not that I don’t understand it. Of course I get it: This is a business,” he said.

He felt a mix of two emotions during the height of his whole ordeal. First, he was excited playing with LeBron James and trying to win a championship. Second, he was sad over leaving Boston, a city which he fell in love with and has become his family’s home.

And although he doesn’t really agree with Boston’s move, Isaiah set the record straight and said he held no grudges against his former team.

“But at the end of the day," his letter read, "these deals just come down to one thing: business. So it’s no hard feelings on that end. I’m a grown man, and I know what I got into when I joined this league… I wasn’t wronged. It was Boston’s right to trade me. But I just hope that the next time a player leaves in free agency, and anybody wants to jump on him or write a critical story or a nasty tweet about him, maybe now they’ll think twice.”

In the end, Isaiah explained that he will greatly miss his Celtics family, but now it’s time for him to play his guts out with the Cavaliers.

“It might not be the career that I dreamed of having last year, or even last month—but when you think about it, that’s kind of been my career from the start. It’s never been the dream come true, and it’s never been what you expect. It’s just been me.” 

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