NBA insider Chris Broussard revealed Wednesday, one day after the Celtics traded I.T. to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a blockbuster deal for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, that some players in Boston “weren’t really that fond of” Thomas, according to several NBA executives.
“I will tell you this, I spoke to several executives, or texted with several executives (Tuesday night), and a lot of them were saying that a lot of the players in Boston really weren’t that fond of Isaiah,” Broussard said on FS1’s “Undisputed” while discussing the trade with Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless. “We know he had those problems in Sacramento and in Phoenix. I didn’t know he was having those issues — before (talking with) these executives — in Boston.”
There is a lot to digest here from Chris Broussard.
First and foremost, you have to believe that Chris Broussard wouldn't create something like this source-less and that he would never manufacture a damaging story for the sole purpose of getting a reaction. He was told by someone, and he relayed that to the world.
Secondly, you have to consider the why. More important, the why now?
This only came out right now to save face for Boston front office representatives. Maybe someone told Chris the news about Isaiah's locker room stuff in hopes it would weaken the fan backlash in the city. (Full disclosure, the person typing this is from Boston and his family won't stop calling him saying that Boston talk radio is saying Ainge "got taken" in this deal)
Either way, this is the report. Do with it what you'd like, but consider why it's happening now.