Isaiah Thomas shows off new stall in Cavaliers locker room (pic)
Isaiah Thomas may still be getting used to the notion he’s now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers following a blockbuster trade. But the team is doing everything it can to help him get acclimated to his new surroundings.
The new Cavs point guard, traded by the Boston Celtics to Cleveland last week, was spotted showcasing his new stall alongside his son in the Cavaliers locker room. A photo of the scene surfaced on social media Monday, thanks to ESPN’s Chris Fowler, who culled the images from Thomas’ wife Kayla’s Instagram story. It also featured Thomas on the Cavaliers’ practice court.
IT at his new Cavs locker and on the Cleveland practice courts (via his wife Kayla's IG story). pic.twitter.com/R02qilBNYV
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A recent report indicates Thomas was upset over the Celtics’ decision to trade him, but is nevertheless “fully committed” to the Cavaliers organization.
This latest report seems to corroborate what NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on a recent podcast about Thomas in the wake of the blockbuster trade that saw the point guard shipped along with other assets to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving.
“The one thing you know with Isaiah is he’s going to use all of this as fuel,” Wojnarowski said on “The Woj Pod,” as transcribed by Cavaliers Nation. “This is the story of his career, right? ‘I have one of the great single seasons in Celtics’ guard history anyway, and I still get traded, and they still move me.’”
Wojnarowski also revealed the substance of a text message he received from Thomas.
“I won’t quote him,” Wojnarowski said, “but he’s a pretty motivated guy this morning, last night, today. Certainly with him, you know you get that. There’s a hunger to him that allows him to do what he’s done at 5-foot-nothing in the NBA.”
Lingering bitterness aside, Thomas arrives in Cleveland still dealing with an ailing hip, so it may be some time before he gets the opportunity to put his motivation into action in an NBA game. The point guard reportedly will begin working with the Cavs medical staff Tuesday with the concern his debut in a Cavaliers uniform could still be a ways away.