As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers will seek further compensation from the Boston Celtics before finalizing the Kyrie Irving trade, according to a report from ESPN.
After Isaiah Thomas took his physical with the Cavs, Cleveland immediately began weighing its options upon finding out Thomas is not even close to 100 percent.
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
ESPN is also reporting that if Boston doesn’t agree to a restructured deal, the Cavs will threaten to veto the trade.
Thomas re-aggravated a labral tear in his hip during the 2017 playoffs and there was some speculation he might need laparoscopic surgery.
Instead, Thomas and his camp decided to forgo surgery, a move that is clearly going to cost him in the long run.
Sources have told Amico Hoops Cleveland is thrilled they were able to get versatile forward Jae Crowder and the coveted 2018 Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick in the Irving trade, two pieces they want to hang on to.
It is unclear what else the Cavs may be seeking from the Celtics, but many expect general manager Koby Altman to ask for either Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum or the other first-round pick Boston has at their disposal (they own the Lakers’ 2018 first-pick).
This all comes down to how bad Celtics president Danny Ainge wants Irving. Ainge is a firm believer that Irving will take Boston to new heights alongside Gordon Hayward, but is the All-Star point guard worth giving up another valuable lottery pick or ready-now player?
That’s the question Ainge and his staff will have to answer soon.