With all the chatter about the pending blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers we've heard a lot from reporters, pundits, and fans alike about the deal and the Cavs cold feet after bringing in Isaiah Thomas for a physical. In fact, we've heard from just about everyone but the man in question himself, until now.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN spoke with Thomas today and he wanted to clear up some of the questions in regards to the injured hip that has caused quite a bit of commotion over the last several days:
"I am not damaged," Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. "I'll be back, and I'll be the same player."
Wojnarowski added more than just the comments he quoted in the video above in a column he wrote earlier tonight. Isaiah mentions that never in the entire time he's been injured has any doctor ever told him that he won't be the same upon returning from his recovery:
"There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career," Thomas told ESPN. "Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I'm going to be back, and I'm going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that."
Thomas was adamant that he'll be back at full-strength this year, seeing as that would be important to his new suitors given that they only have LeBron James under contract for this upcoming season. He also directly acknowledged the Cavaliers through talking to Woj, and noted that he doesn't have any idea what they're up to holding up the deal:
"I don't know what [the organization] is doing," Thomas told ESPN. "It's out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this [hip] won't be a problem into the future."
Sounds to me like IT is trying to make the Cavs at ease, probably because he has no desire to come back to Boston after getting blindsided with the deal last week. Even if it's a good move for the Celtics, and I think it is, I can't help but feel a little dirty about it, and this nonsense from the Cavs just makes it even worse.