In the Players' Tribune on Wednesday (via Instagram), Thomas revealed his feelings from the intense moment he found out Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When Thomas speaks, you begin to realize NBA transactions don't just involve the player but his family as well.
"What are you talking about. My kids about to start school," said the 28-year-old after the life-changing call with Ainge. "Danny's like that, but I mean, I'm not trippin'. It's just crazy that they would do that."
As with any trade, there are raw feelings left over after a player has poured blood, sweat and tears into a run for a championship. Thomas literally gave all three during his tenure with the Celtics.
He became a two-time All-Star in Boston, lost a tooth competing in the Eastern Conference semifinals and dealt with the death of his sister, Chyna, at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. He then dropped 33 points in the playoffs during his first game following the tragedy.
You often hear NBA players say, "It's a tough business," and Thomas learned the meaning of that harsh reality over the past summer.
[Players' Tribune, Twitter, Instagram]