Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Celtics, Cavaliers complete Kyrie Irving deal

Hours before the Thursday morning deadline, the Celtics have agreed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to send a 2020 second-round draft pick, via the Miami Heat, to officially acquire Kyrie Irving and complete the blockbuster trade, per NBA sources.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojanarowski the Celtics refused to give into the Cavaliers' demand of possible players or a first-round pick to compensate for Isaiah Thomas' hip injury and Cleveland finally agreed to finalize the deal late Wednesday night.

With the addition of the second-round pick, the rest of the package to Cleveland for Irving remains the same which includes Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zicic and the Nets 2018 first-round pick (unprotected). The Cavaliers had until 10 a.m. ET on Thursday to void the trade based on their belief that the Celtics were not upfront about Thomas' injury.

Thomas, 28, is in the final year of his current deal and spoke with Wojanarowski about his hip recovery process on Tuesday for the first time since the August 22 trade.
"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." [ESPN]
The 2020 second-round pick from Miami that the Cavaliers fought so hard to acquire, was sent to Boston in a 2015 salary dump for Zoran Dragic.

Joel Pavón

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