By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have finally completed the Isaiah Thomas and the Kyrie Irving blockbuster deal on Wednesday night. After concerns with Thomas’ injured hip, the Celtics had to add in another pick to make the deal complete.
In addition to the new pick and Thomas, the Cavaliers are also receiving Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić and the unprotected 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick. Thomas and Crowder are expected to be inserted into the team’s starting lineup.
The Celtics are just receiving Irving in the deal. The two sides completed the deal almost a week after it was originally done.
Both teams had set a 10 am deadline on Thursday for the deal to be completed. The Celtics refused to give up 2017 first-round pick Jayson Tatum, 2016 first-round pick Jaylen Brown, or another first-round pick to get the deal done.
While the Cavaliers believe the Celtics were not transparent with them, many believe that Koby Altman was holding out for everything he can get, even if he may have been playing chick with Thomas’ injury. Thomas believes, when he does return, he’ll come back at a top level.
Prior to Thomas being injured with the hip in March, then again in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers, he was a Top 5 MVP candidate.
“There’s never been an indication that I wouldn’t be back, and there’s never been an indication that this is something messing up my career,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”
Thomas had a career-season with the Celtics this past season. When he does come back, he’ll be months away from becoming a free agent. The 28-year-old is already seeking a deal surpassing $100 million.
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