Celtics, Cavs seal Irving deal

Rachel Hardy
September 1, 2017

After Cleveland raised questions about Isaiah Thomas' hip over the weekend, the trade was reportedly in jeopardy, but it seemed impossible for the Celtics and Cavs to go back on such a massive deal.

The Cavaliers agreed to trade Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick last week, but Thomas, the crown-jewel of the deal for Cleveland, failed his physical on August 25.

"The Cavs are no longer seeking one of the Celtics' top young players, but they are still determined to land one of Boston's first-round picks as compensation, and the conversation has included second-round considerations, too, league sources said", Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday.

Irving, who is now officially a member of the Celtics after the teams completed a blockbuster deal that had stalled, posted a lengthy thank-you note and video on his Instagram account Thursday.

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The additional pick is a second-rounder in 2020. Tatum, on the other hand, is entering his rookie season with the Celtics after being drafted third overall in the 2017 draft. In speaking with ESPN and Wojnarowski, Thomas stated "I am not damaged", indicating that while he may not be back early in the season as Cleveland may hope, he will be back the "same player".

"There's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career", the 5-foot-9 Thomas said. Then, uncertainty surrounded the deal, as the Cavaliers were not happy with the physical status of Thomas, who was recovering from injury. Well, Boston gave Cleveland a lot more than just Thomas (the Cavs also got Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round draft pick - at first), but that's basically what happened. "No doctor has told me anything different than that".

And, of course, there's always drama surrounding James, who will try to make his eighth straight Finals before possibly opting out of his contract next summer and hitting the free-agent market again. For the Cavs, they eliminate the possible tension of keeping Irving despite his trade request, while also replacing him with another point guard of a similar caliber. I love all you guys' support and all you guys' love over the course of the amount of years that I was in Cleveland.

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