How Can Cavs, Celtics Finish Kyrie Trade, and What Happens If It Falls Through?
The biggest trade of the NBA offseason may not even happen, but that seems unlikely.
While the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas blockbuster is currently on hold due to concerns over Thomas’ injured hip, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers may ask for additional compensation to complete the deal.
The Cavaliers have put Thomas through a physical examination and are concerned about how early he can return to the court. According to Wojnarowski, Thomas has yet to even begin running.
It was no secret to the Cavaliers that Thomas was recovering from this injury originally suffered against them in the Eastern Conference Finals in May, but his condition is apparently far worse than they expected.
Thomas has to pass his Cavs physical before 10 a.m. on Thursday or else the trade can be called off.
Both sides have a lot to lose if the deal doesn’t go through. So what can the Cavaliers reasonably ask for and what will the aftermath look like should a trade of this magnitude fail?