Isaiah Thomas Gives Interview Saying Cavs Panicked in Trading Him; Says He’ll Bring New Swagger to Lakers, Just Like He Did in Boston (Video)

If I was advising Isaiah Thomas I would tell him to talk as little as possible.

Doing E:60 interviews probably not going to help him in the long run, but he doesn’t seem to have gotten over the Cavs trading him.

Isaiah Thomas says the Cleveland Cavaliers were in “panic mode” when they traded him earlier this month.

“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.”

“It was a tough situation I was being put in,” Thomas said. “It was — it was different. … It’s hard to get acclimated to a team halfway through the season.

“People don’t put in there that we had eight or nine new players. 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.”

“I’ve been in this situation before when I got traded to Boston,” Thomas said, “a team right outside the playoffs, a team that was young, really didn’t know how to win. And I just brought a different swagger to that organization. And we took it and ran with it.”

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