Just over a week ago, the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick was a blockbuster.
Then it was a soap opera.
Late Wednesday night, news came out that it was a blockbuster once again.
Cleveland, Boston have reached an agreement, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2017
Getting to this point hasn’t been easy, despite both teams announcing on Aug. 23 that it was basically a done deal.
There was just one caveat that kept it from being a completed transaction…
OFFICIAL: #Cavs acquire Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic & 2018 unprotected 1st-round pick (via BKN).
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 23, 2017
Isaiah Thomas’ health.
The All-Star point guard flew to Cleveland to undergo a mandatory medical evaluation. These things are very common in trade deals, although it’s not very common to initiate a deal then threaten the possibility of rescinding it when you are talking about two of the biggest names in basketball.
Which is exactly what insiders were reporting the Cavs were going to do.
Sources: After Isaiah Thomas underwent physical today, Cavs still evaluating injured hip and weighing options w/ completion of Irving deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2017
Sources reported that the Cavs were seeking more compensation for Irving after their physical determined that Thomas would likely not play in the season opener – consequently against his former team – and that Cleveland was asking for one of two young players to complete the trade, either Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum.
Eventually, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Cavaliers had backed off of that request and was looking for more of Boston’s draft picks.