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.