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Chris Broussard on K&C: 'Four' NBA executives told me Isaiah Thomas didn't get along with his teammates in Boston

Alex Reimer
August 24, 2017 - 9:54 am

FS1’s Chris Broussard reported Wednesday Isaiah Thomas didn’t get along with his teammates in Boston. A number of players, including Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger, immediately pushed back against the rumor. But the NBA Insider is sticking by his story. 

In an interview Thursday on Kirk & Callahan, Broussard said four NBA executives told him Thomas wasn’t viewed favorably in the Celtics’ locker room. 

“A couple brought that up about Isaiah, which shocked me because I hadn’t heard anything like that in Boston,” Broussard said. "Then I asked a few more and they said they had heard the same things. I’m not saying it’s definitely true, obviously if you listen to what I said, I said, ‘Several executives told me this.’ I don’t know exactly if that’s what was happening there. Again, from everything I saw –– and I don't know Isaiah –– it looked like he got along well with his teammates. And again, that’s why I was surprised. But that was the sentiment, at least among the executives that i spoke with the other night.”

The Celtics traded Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the coveted 2018 Nets first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Broussard says Thomas’ attitude may have played a role in Danny Ainge’s decision to move him.

“Somewhat, but that was not the driving factor –– at least that was the impression I got from them,” Broussard said when asked if Thomas’ personality factored into the trade. “I think Cleveland won the deal, and (one executive) in particular felt that Boston did, and he kind of referenced what he believed the situation was with Isaiah there and that he had problems with his teammates. So that was one reason he thought Cleveland did not win the deal.”

There have been some questions about Irving’s attitude, given his desire to leave the Cavaliers and stop playing alongside LeBron James. According to Broussard, Irving’s request to get out of Cleveland was more about his desire to control the ball than anything else. 

“He really wants to play like a point guard. and in Cleveland –– and Isaiah will find this out –– LeBron is essentially the point guard. He probably brought the ball up about 60 percent of the time last year. Kyrie didn’t like standing in the corner at times and just waiting for LeBron to create something for him. He wants to be able to handle the ball like a John Wall, Chris Paul, and some of the other great point guards in the league. He should be able to do that in Boston."

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