Celtics, Cavs to revisit Irving trade talks

The deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics is apparently on hold.

The Boston Celtics do not believe Isaiah Thomas will be cleared following a physical examination administered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the sides have planned a call Saturday to renegotiate terms of their previously agreed upon trade, league sources told Amico Hoops.

The deal, which will send All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving to Boston, had not been finalized as of early Saturday. According to ESPN, the Cavs have until Thursday, Aug. 31 to accept a new deal or void the trade altogether.

Thomas suffered a severe hip injury in the Celtics’ loss to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals, but bypassed surgery when the injury occurred in May. The hip may still require surgery and Thomas could miss significant time, multiple league sources told Amico Hoops.

The Cavs were also to receive forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick in the deal. While the sides are planning to revisit talks, Cavs general manager Koby Altman wants to hang on to Crowder and the pick, sources said.

It is unclear what else the Cavs may be seeking, other than an additional “significant piece,” and may not even make a firm determination until speaking with the Celtics.

As of late Saturday morning, the Cavs still believed an agreeable deal could be reached, sources said.

ESPN first reported that Thomas flew to Cleveland on Friday for a physical — the results of which may have been worse than the Cavs expected. Thomas reportedly has returned to Boston.

“It’s a very sensitive situation,” ESPN quoted a source as saying.

Irving, 25, requested a trade in July, less than a month after the Cavs’ third consecutive trip to the Finals. He averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games last season.

Thomas, 28, averaged 28.9 points in 76 games.

5 Comments on "Celtics, Cavs to revisit Irving trade talks"

  1. Demand Al Horford be included in the deal – that way the Cavs can dump a few unwanted contracts… Shumpert, Frye, Jefferson, Felder… if they say no to Horford, then Tatum is the only other option. We basically are going to need an all-star type talent to be included as compensation for taking the injured Thomas.

  2. I dont want or need Al Horford. We need Tatum or Lakers pick. Tatum gives us a player we need now or the Lakers pick gives us a desireable asset to get a player to replace the player IT was supposed to be in the trade. Otherwise, void it. If the Cavs sign off on this trade as is and Thomas is out for the half year then the cavs look like fools and are not a better team. I dont see Gilbert letting that happen.

  3. Why would you take Tatum if Lebron is still in the Cavs? He will just be buried in the bench. Il take Horford, it will give a better chance for Lebron not leaving and a better chance to GSW this season. I much prefer Brown than Tatum since he can play SG position and can defend multiple position.

  4. Tatum or Brown, plus what we already recieved is the only way it’ should be reconstructed or deal is vetoed. Even though it’s a projected deep draft next year another pick doesn’t help us win now which is the most important thing.

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