August 26, 2017, 4:01 pm
The Cavs are planning to seek further compensation from the Celtics before finalizing the Isaiah Thomas-Kyrie Irving trade.
Cleveland’s physical examination of Thomas’ injured hip has forced Cavs officials to seek additional compensation in the agreed-upon Irving-Thomas trade. The original deal involved trading Irving to the Celtics for Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the coveted Nets 2018 unprotected first-round pick. But since Thomas is on the final year of his contract and could leave after a one-year stint, the Cavs are determined to get him on the court as soon as possible to get good value from the deal. The hip injury that ended his season in the Eastern Conference Finals has prevented Thomas from starting a regimen of running this offseason, and it is unclear when he will be available to play during the upcoming season. Without revisions to the original trade agreement, the Cavaliers could threaten to veto the trade. Stay posted.
Update: Chris Mannix reports that Boston believes it was completely transparent with Cleveland on Thomas’ hip injury. We can expect them to resist any compensation, although the ball does seem to be in Cleveland’s court.
Story posting soon on ESPN: After Thomas physical, Cavs planning to seek further compensation before finalizing Irving trade to Boston.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2017