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Isaiah Thomas says Cavaliers were in “panic mode” when they traded him

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The Cavs former point guard was surprised they traded him so quickly.

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Another day, another former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard talking about his former team. This time it’s Isaiah Thomas, who had some things to say about his short stint with the Cavs.

In an upcoming interview with ESPN’s E:60, Thomas opened up about his surprise that the team would move on from him so quickly:

“I didn’t think they would pull the trigger that fast, 15 games,” Thomas stold ESPN. “But again, it’s a business. And the Cavs were, I mean, they were in panic mode. We were losing — a lot. And I think they felt like they needed to make a move, and they, they basically cleared house.”

He also said that all of the Cavs’ new players and his adjustment to a new system didn’t help either.

“People don’t put in there that we had eight or nine new players,” Thomas said. “So it was basically a brand new team. I’m in a new system. New team, new coach, new players. And then I’ve been off for seven months. So I got to get — individually, I got to for the most part get my rhythm back, get my timing back.”

The Cavaliers may have had more patience with Thomas, if his issues were solely related to his hip rehab. It was always going to take time before he looked near the player he was last season, and as the year progresses, Thomas will undoubtedly look better in a Lakers uniform.

But the fact that Thomas would feud with teammates, call them out to the media, and was a disliked member of the locker room significantly reduced the amount of patience the team had for him.

Thomas’ assertion that the Cavs were in panic mode is accurate, as they did away with almost every addition from the past offseason. But a big reason for that panic was Thomas was nowhere near the player they thought they were getting. His health, fit, personality, and impact on the court were all sub-par, and rather than wait, the team acted to amend the situation.