UNCERTAINTY surrounds the blockbuster trade that saw Kyrie Irving joining the Boston Celtics, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are weighing their options on the completion of the deal after evaluating their new All-Star acquisition Isaiah Thomas’ injured hip in a physical on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Sources within the NBA told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Thomas came to Cleveland on Friday for his physical and flew back out of town right after the exam, with a source involved in the evaluation calling the process ‘a very sensitive situation.’
The Cavs, though, have not made a final decision yet as they are still evaluating Thomas’ medical information, according to ESPN sources.
Thomas missed three games for the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavs due to a torn labrum in his hip. With doctors saying the hip injury did not require surgery, the All-Star guard was instead prescribed rest and rehabilitation to recover but still hasn’t started running, sources said.
On Tuesday, the Celtics dealt Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick for the 2018 draft to the Cavs for Irving. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that Thomas’ injury had ‘some role’ in the trade.
But the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement allows a trade to be voided if a player fails a physical, with one such instance last year when then Houston Rockets forward Donatas Motiejunas failed a medical and the three-team deal between the Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers was cancelled.
Instead of voiding the blockbuster trade, however, Cleveland is considering pushing through with the deal if Boston adds more, possibly another draft pick, according to sources.