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Ainge says he loves Isaiah Thomas despite his comments on cutting ties

Isaiah Thomas‘ bitterness toward Danny Ainge appears to be one-sided.

The Boston Celtics general manager was surprised to learn that Thomas said he may never speak to him again following his trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Did he really (say that)?” Ainge asked Wednesday.

“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.”

Related – Ainge: Trading IT was ‘the toughest call I ever had to make’

The executive admitted he hasn’t talked to Thomas since informing him of his inclusion in the blockbuster deal for Kyrie Irving in August, and he doesn’t know if he’ll reach out to the 28-year-old in a bid to patch up their relationship.

“I would try to, but I have no idea,” he said. “That takes two people and, obviously, he said some things today and has some strong feelings and strong emotions. And I understand those.”

Related – Ainge defends Thomas-Irving swap: We gave up ‘good’ for ‘great’ option

Thomas blossomed into an All-NBA talent in two-plus seasons with the Celtics and is coming off a career year in which he averaged 28.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds.

While he was initially devastated when he found out he was traded from a franchise and city he fell in love with, he’s now committed to winning a championship with his new team, and making his old one sorry.

Related: Isaiah uses Cavs’ message about loyalty to take apparent jab at Celtics

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