One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

It became pretty clear that the Cavaliers were going to lose the Kyrie Irving trade when Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder -- two big pieces of Irving's return package -- struggled in Cleveland and then were traded at the mid-season deadline. At the time, Irving was tearing it up with the Celtics, who were establishing themselves as one of the Eastern Conference's best teams.

But somehow the trade has only managed to look worse and worse for the Cavaliers over the past couple of weeks. The Cavs have dropped the opening two games of the Eastern Conference finals to the Celtics -- playing impressive team ball and seeing stunning success even without Irving, who will miss the entire postseason with a knee injury.

And while the optics of the deal looked particularly bad on Tuesday night (more on that in a bit), it seems at least one Cavaliers player has been ruthlessly panning the deal for months now. 

In a column published Wednesday, Jason Lloyd of The Athletic recalled a particularly amusing quip that a frustrated an anonymous Cavs player delivered in the aftermath of a loss this winter. 

"Danny Ainge is a f------ thief," he said.

And, while rather vulgar and brazen, it's hard to argue with the unnamed player -- especially given the way things played out on Tuesday night.

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason

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One Cavs Player Called Celtics\' Danny Ainge A \'thief\' For The Kyrie Irving Trade Last Offseason