The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics continue to work on completing their blockbuster trade before tomorrow's deadline, with the Cavs trying to get an extra second-round pick from the Celtics. The Boston Celtics sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first round pick to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.
Love was involved in trade rumors that had him linked with a move to teams like the Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Knicks earlier in the off-season. They might ask Boston to sweeten the deal, which could lead to a voided trade with everyone remaining in place. For the Celtics, though, there's a lot more to worry about if the deal is called off. Thomas is called Mr. Fourth Quarter so LeBron can just hand the ball to Thomas and let him shine during those games that are going to be tough to close out. But Thomas told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Tuesday that he expects to be the same player who finished fifth in MVP voting last season when he gets back on the hardwood. Hopefully, the controversy surrounding this deal boils down to a simple mistake, and hopefully, Thomas' injury isn't as bad as suggested. Surgery was not the best option in this case. The downside is the playmaking and one-on-one scoring the Cavs would lose. Their offer is more than adequate in their eyes, as they would be parting ways with an All-Star, a solid role player who can defend, and a potential first overall draft pick next year. Turn around and trade one or both of them for something less than a star?
At the time the deal was initially consummated, it was seen as a home run for the Cavaliers, giving them another explosive, scoring point guard to replace Irving and a combo forward in Crowder to immediately bolster the team around LeBron James.
Multiple sources told cleveland.com that as of Tuesday afternoon, Cleveland hasn't asked the Celtics for anything extra.
Thomas sustained a torn labrum in his right hip March 15 against the Minnesota Timberwolves, re-aggravated it in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Washington Wizards and aggravated it more against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the conference finals.
To play because you love the game. The Cavs would seemingly want to wrap up an Irving trade before they hold media day on Sept. 25 and begin practice the next day.
"The Cavs are no longer seeking one of the Celtics' top young players", Wojnarowski wrote. We're also guessing that if the Celtics end up throwing in any additional compensation, it would be one of their draft picks (expected to be low based on where they will finish), rather than a player they just took in the lottery like Brown or Tatum.
But for which team? However, it would certainly be a relief to finalize a deal, as we all thought they had.