The blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics has hit a snag, as the deal to send Kyrie Irving to Beantown is currently in limbo after the Cavs became concerned about Isaiah Thomas’ injured hip. Cleveland reportedly want another player thrown into the deal, as negotiations and medical examinations continue.
A new report from ESPN’s Zach Lowe drops another bombshell on the deal. He states that no one seems to agree on the severity of Thomas’ hip injury, with some people fearful that he won’t even get back on the court until some time in 2018!
If recovery from various hip ailments, including a bone bruise, does not proceed smoothly, there is at least a slight chance Thomas would miss most of the 2017-18 season, sources say.
Naturally, Thomas continues to downplay the injury, saying he expects to be back to 100 percent shortly after the start of the 2017-18 season. He told Adrian Wojnarowski that he plans to be the same player that became a star for the Celtics, regardless of where he ends up playing.
“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. 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.”
“I haven’t had one doctor tell me that this injury is going to hurt my career. Surgery was not the best option in this case. I aggravated it in March when [Minnesota’s] Karl-Anthony Towns fell on me. I kept playing on it, and making it worse — until I couldn’t play anymore last season.”
Thomas is about to enter the last year of his current contract. The Cavs are only focused on winning right now, since there’s a good chance that LeBron James will opt out of his contract next summer and pick a new project in free agency. So Cleveland need Thomas to be healthy now. Not in 2018. Not next season. Now.
Thomas also told ESPN that he has no idea if the trade will end up going through, saying “it’s out of my control.”