When the Cleveland Cavaliers turned their roster upside down on deadline day, one of the players they sent away was Isaiah Thomas. That they traded the former All-Star point guard to the Lakers after he had played just 15 games with the team was both shocking in the big picture, but completely understandable given their situation. Thomas is just one season removed from finishing third in the league in scoring, and it's hard to believe he's already two teams removed from the Celtics. But at the same time, given his struggle to regain his form, and the issues he was reportedly creating in the locker room, it made sense for the Cavs to move on. For the first time since the deadline, Thomas opened up about being traded for the second time in less than a year, saying he was surprised the Cavs actually went through with trading him, and adding that the team was in "panic mode" when they made the deal. Via ESPN: "I didn't think they would pull the trigger that fast, 15 games," Thomas told ESPN's E:60 in an interview that will air March 11. "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." Thomas also said that he bears no ill will towards the Cavs, though he did defend himself, saying it was a tough situation in Cleveland this season.
I.T. calls trade to Lakers 'panic' move by Cavs
CBS Sports | Feb 25