Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Cavs Player: 'Danny Ainge is a F*cking Thief'

Cavs Player: 'Danny Ainge is a F*cking Thief'

At one point, a Cavaliers player was blaming Celtics general manager Danny Ainge for robbing the Cavs.

In his final analysis, Ainge defended himself against the charge of being labelled a thief.

The chemistry was so bad in Cleveland that a total reset at the trade deadline was needed to salvage the season.

Forty-six thoughts for the 46 percent the Cavs shot in the 107-94 loss Tuesday to the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals ... Thomas' replacements (Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance) haven't done much in the series, while the players Cleveland got in the Crowder deal have been arguably their worst player this postseason (Rodney Hood) and George Hill, who has eight total points and one assist in two games against Boston.

With the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery now in the books and that Nets pick turning into the No. 8 overall selection for Cleveland, one statement from a Cavaliers player months ago stands out more than ever.

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Irving's season has hardly been ideal itself, as in March he underwent surgery to remove two screws that were implanted during the same surgery to stabilize the kneecap he fractured in the 2015 NBA Finals. He reportedly threatened to have knee surgery during the regular season if he stayed in Cleveland, which would've knocked him out for the bulk of the year.

While Irving will not be back until next season, he is only 25 and he could have jeopardized his future by playing through the pain barrier as he had done in the early stages of the season.

The third player in the Irving deal, Ante Zizic, has seen three minutes of mop up action against the Celtics. It's even more impressive that they are doing this against LeBron James, who has been to the finals every year since 2010.

Ainge obviously isn't going to come out and say he swindled Cleveland, and to an extent, he's right: The jury technically is still out on this trade until at least the NBA Draft.

The Lakers, the Rockets and the Sixers have all been linked with the three-time National Basketball Association champion and all have an attractive case to put forward. Should Irving's trade lead to LeBron's departure, Ainge might no longer be the main villain in this saga.

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