Isaiah Thomas on Cavaliers trade to Lakers: "They were in panic mode"

Isaiah Thomas on Cavaliers trade to Lakers:

Isaiah Thomas on Cavaliers trade to Lakers: "They were in panic mode"

"But again, it's a business".

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.

"People don't put in there that we had eight or nine new players", Thomas told ESPN.

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. 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. We were losing-a lot. They've lost only one game since unloading Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert to get young and more athletic and now look like a team ready to roll through the EAstern Conference playoffs. And then I've been off for seven months.

In those 15 games Thomas was with the Cavs, the team went 7-8. "I got to get, individually, I got to get my rhythm back, get my timing back". He averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 assists while shooting 36.1 percent from the field.

Despite the abrupt end to his tenure in Cleveland, Thomas says he doesn't hold a grudge against the Cavaliers and is looking forward to continuing his career in Los Angeles. "And that just happens". The flurry of trades that saw the Cavs trade six players and a draft pick to bring in four new additions came shortly after the team posted a 6-12 record from Christmas through February 3. "And we took it and ran with it". Hopefully I'm here long term, you know, with me being a free agent this summer. "I just want to help. But if I'm not, these last 25 games I'm going to play my heart out and show the Lakers why I should be here long term".