Cavaliers, Celtics face Wednesday deadline on Kyrie Irving trade


The Vertical's Chris Mannix, however, tweeted on Saturday that the Celtics believe they were "completely transparent" about Isaiah's hip injury and would "strongly resist" any additional compensation to the deal.

Several other factors come into play when considering how much Cleveland should ask for.

The hype that engrossed the National Basketball Association world last week following the blockbuster Boston Celtics-Cleveland Cavaliers trade has now been humorously thwarted.

Thomas and the Celtics opted against surgery on the hip.

Cleveland could accept the deal as it was originally constructed, ask Boston for more - such as another young player like second-year man Jaylen Brown or rookie Jayson Tatum - or for an additional draft pick.

The Cavs have also inquired about Jaylen Brown but Boston is resistant.

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Training camp starts in one month, and onlookers believe the Cavs don't want to have to try and trade Irving again, while Boston would be left without a reliable point guard if Cleveland voids the deal.

Wojnarowski said that the events surrounding the trade and the injury have "unfairly" damaged Thomas' value around the league. Throwing in another asset in an already stacked trade is contingent on how desperately they want to acquire Irving.

However, the NBA Store thinks the deal is going through, or at least they're already advertising Thomas' Cavaliers gear. Now, with the status of the trade up in the air, Cleveland have certainly given themselves lots of leverage. But the stakes are particularly high for Cleveland, as both LeBron James and Thomas are set to become free agents following this season.

The lingering issue did nothing to tiresome Thomas' impact on the court though, he averaged 28.9 points per game as well as 5.9 assists in the regular season. The Celtics have hoarded draft picks for the opportunity to land a young star like Kyrie Irving, and they can't let him slip through their fingertips.

The Pelicans essentially have a "playoffs or bust" mentality going into the season after trading for DeMarcus Cousins at the deadline a year ago and, with Cousins set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2018, the future of the franchise is largely uncertain. "Emotionally, he's wounded." Thomas would go on to say that "I think it's going to be hard for him to trust again".