Turns out that Cavs trade which sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas and several others wasn’t only the biggest trade of the off season—but the longest.
Because it’s a week later and it’s still not finished.
Last we heard, the Cavs were seeking an additional compensation from the Celtics after concerns were raised about the health of Thomas' hip following a physical examination.
Well yesterday, Thomas told ESPN:
"I am not damaged. I'll be back, and I'll be the same player.”
And looks like that may have been good enough for the Cavs as, according to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland is "no longer seeking one of the Celtics' top young players or significant draft picks." He added Cleveland "could be inclined to complete the deal for a late first-round pick or second-round considerations."
The Celtics owe their 2018 second-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder and 2019 second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies, but they have a slew of other selections at their disposal, including their own 2018 first-round pick and the Los Angeles Clippers' 2019 lottery-protected choice in Round 1.
Yeah, I can’t keep track of all of that either.
But given the Cavs have lowered their demands, I think it’s safe to say the deal is basically done—even if it is one week after it began.
Source: Bleacher Report