Isaiah Thomas: Boston did not get better with trade

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While introducing their acquisitions from the summer's blockbuster trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers were reluctant to discuss Isaiah Thomas' health during a news conference Thursday.

Altman intercepted that question the same way James jumps passing lanes to swipe the ball from opponents and head the other way for one of his trademark dunks.

"We're not going to address specifics of the injury", Altman said.

"If Gilbert and Altman aren't convinced that Rose can keep the team at a high level - or that Thomas can become a difference-maker on a contending team post-injury - the Cavaliers could dangle the Brooklyn pick for a starting point guard", Grizzard said.

"I fell in love with Boston", Thomas wrote. Maybe he meant training camp, maybe he meant preseason, but here we are.

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I am not sure about you guys, but this letter is powerful and it got me excited about the upcoming season for the Cavaliers.

When another questioner sought clarification on whether a surgical fix of the hip was part of the team's plan for Thomas, Altman grudgingly indicated it was not.

The video culminates with film of Thomas putting up shots in a Cleveland practice jersey, with posters of him in Boston gear in the background.

Thomas smiled and joked about everyone wanting to play doctor.

In the middle of his heartfelt goodbye to the team and the city he came to love over the past few years, Isaiah Thomas dropped a few lines that have me more hyped than ever for the National Basketball Association season to begin. "Like Koby said, we have a plan set and we're gonna stick to that plan".

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"It's been my story. It was Boston's right to trade me".

Later, Thomas said his goal always has been to be the greatest player in the game.

"In my mind, I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and (Red Sox slugger David) Ortiz", he wrote. "He's just excited at what we can bring to the table and how we can help".

But an expiring contract - coupled with a desire for a new, maximum deal - and a hip injury that itself nearly derailed the trade led Celtics boss Danny Ainge to trade Thomas to Cleveland along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round draft pick. He finished third in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.9 points in 2016-17.

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