Boston Celtics: 3 reasons Ainge should hold firm on Irving-Thomas deal
February 22 2018, 04:39 | Van Peters
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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. There still has been no word of the Cavaliers reaching out to the Celtics, but Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Cavaliers may have reservations about the physical that would be enough to make them turn back on the trade. Of every National Basketball Association team mentioned as a potential trade partner with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics were not one of them.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may bet getting cold feet about the trade they agreed to that will send Kyrie Irving to Boston, but that does not mean the deal is in danger of being nixed altogether.
Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. According to Wojnarowski, "the Cavaliers' stance could trigger a standoff between Cleveland and Boston officials, forcing both organizations to weigh the consequences of letting the blockbuster trade implode".
Cleveland likely knows there isn't a better deal out there for a disgruntled Kyrie Irving, Thomas or no Thomas. The Cavaliers could ultimately help themselves in the short term by moving Irving to one of the several Western Conference teams with whom they had discussed deals. The All-Star point guard and former Cleveland Cavaliers player is set to take his talents to the Boston Celtics. Cleveland is trying to get the Celtics to include another draft pick, and the two sides reportedly have until Wednesday to work out all of the details if they do not extend the deadline.
Boston was intent on keeping both Brown and Tatum in any trade this offseason, passing on possible deals for Jimmy Butler and Paul George because of it. Thomas is a great player, but the hip injury could damper the win-now mentality the Cavaliers are employing.
Someone is Cleveland is holding up the deal for one reason or another and it's a bad look for the Cavs, from new GM Koby Altman to owner Dan Gilbert, who has a lengthy history of mucking things up in Cleveland.
The Cavs have every right to void the trade if they don't agree with the medical condition of a player they are taking in return. Well, this is thanks to #Kyrie Irving who requested a trade. While the Nets' unprotected first-round pick may have been the headliner of the deal from Cleveland's perspective, Thomas served as the Cavs' most important piece for the immediate future. However, another dimension was added to the deal when Thomas' medical report became a point of concern for the Cavaliers.