Just three days ago, the entire basketball world was shocked by the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers performing one of the most significant point guard swaps in NBA history. Kyrie Irving would become a Celtic, and Isaiah Thomas (along with other assets) would become Cavaliers.
That might not be the case, however. Yesterday, reports came out that the Cavaliers weren’t too happy with Isaiah Thomas’ medical situation. The hip that he injured in the 2017 NBA playoffs wasn’t up to the standards that the Cavaliers’ medical staff felt it should be.
As of four hours ago, the Cavaliers decided that they may need additional assets to finalize the swap. Former third overall picks, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown were each brought into the conversation. About three hours after those reports, the Celtics said they would be willing to “part with a 2nd Rd pick to complete Cavs deal. No firsts/Brown/Tatum,” according to Adam Kaufman on Twitter.
With this hold up, there is a possibility that the trade could be voided entirely. Assuming that the primary players incorporated in the trade (Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas, and Jae Crowder) wouldn’t be happy returning to the team that just traded them, more trades could be coming.
Isaiah Thomas was in love with Boston in his relatively short stint there. They revitalized his career after being stuck with two dysfunctional organizations before. While some may say that Isaiah would be ecstatic to be back in Boston, I have a hard time believing that any player that was basically given up on would be okay returning.
What teams would be interested in Isaiah Thomas on a one year deal? I think almost all of them. With the negative reports coming out about his hip, his value is at an all-time low.
Jae Crowder seemed somewhat unsettled playing in Boston towards the end of the 2017 regular season. In a home game against the Utah Jazz in January, Celtics’ fans were cheering on potential signee, Gordon Hayward. While this strategy may have worked to signing Gordon Hayward, Jae Crowder felt disrespected at the time.
That night, Jae Crowder tweeted, “HOME TEAM FANS CHEERING FOR THE OPPOSING PLAYERS NOW.. AW MAN OK… SMH BUT GOOD WIN FELLAS ONTO THE NEXT ONE.!!” While this may seem like not that big of a deal, Jae Crowder was able to watch his career as a Celtic slowly fade away. First, there were the chants for Hayward in the TD Garden. Next, the Celtics were able to actually sign
While this may seem like not that big of a deal, Jae Crowder was able to watch his career as a Celtic slowly fade away. First, there were the chants for Hayward in the TD Garden. Next, the Celtics were able to actually sign him in free agency. Finally, the Celtics delivered the final blow, trading Jae Crowder to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I couldn’t imagine returning to a team that seemed to have intentions of getting rid of me for that long. Jae doesn’t seem like the type of guy to let things like this slide either. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Crowder on another team by the start of next season.
Kyrie Irving was the primary reason for this trade going down. He obviously requested the trade from the Cavs a while ago, and there is no reason why his intentions to leave would change now.
To read about some scenarios of other teams acquiring Kyrie Irving, read a past article of mine, https://916kingscourt.wordpress.com/2017/07/22/kyrie-irving-requests-a-trade-possible-scenarios/.