After weeks of rumors and discussion, last week the Cavaliers agreed to a trade with Boston that sent All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, in exchange for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick (via Brooklyn). The Cavs are reportedly questioning the Celtics' diagnosis on Thomas' hip injury, which is why they're now seeking further compensation in the Kyrie Irving-Thomas swap, but reports coming out of Boston indicate that the Celtics have no interest in sweetening their initial offer.
If the Cavaliers do attempt to gain additional assets, they are expected to inquire about Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, according to Wojnarowski (h/t Joshua Schrock of NESN). The sides did discuss and share information on Thomas' injury, sources said.
The Cavs have until Thursday to approve the trade, according to Wojnarowski's previous report.
Thomas, 28, will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018, and could still re-establish his market value with a strong performance and a return to his quick, explosive self.
In connection with this, Boston is unwilling to add any pieces at all and that they claimed they were fully up-front about Thomas' hip injury during the negotiations.
The enduring saga of whether or not the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will finalize a deal is embarrassing and uncomfortable. That makes sense when you factor that Boston only had Thomas for one more season before he sought a massive payday and had he had surgery, he would have likely missed most of the year.
The Cavaliers want to turn Isaiah Thomas' hip into a rising star. The former Detroit Pistons' star is citing that the former Celtics' star is upset upon learning that he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This could lead to a standoff between both sides as they assess whether to let the Kyrie Irving mega-trade blow up. Heck, I even believe it can be a win-win deal for the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.
But the concerns over Thomas have added an uneasiness to a trade we'll still be breaking down a decade from now. This also happened to be essentially the first thing Koby Altman was tasked with doing upon being named the team's general manager last month.
News of Irving having demanded a trade broke weeks ago and since then, speculation has swirled around him, the Cavs organization and, of course, the future of LeBron James with the team. However, they might void the trade and get Kyrie Irving back [VIDEO].
Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald appeared on a podcast with The Vertical's Chris Mannix to report that the Cavaliers, in fact, weren't surprised by what Thomas' physical turned up.
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