Boston Celtics: 3 reasons Ainge should hold firm on Irving-Thomas deal

  • Boston Celtics: 3 reasons Ainge should hold firm on Irving-Thomas deal

Boston Celtics: 3 reasons Ainge should hold firm on Irving-Thomas deal

If Boston can't, another team, such as Detroit, may jump into talks.

The blockbuster trade in which the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers swapped All-Star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas and other pieces is suddenly in danger of being called off because of Thomas' hip injury. The Cavaliers, however, are "concerned about the timeline for his return this season", and according to Wojnarowski, "may try to make the case that Boston undersold them on the scope of the Thomas injury, and more specifically, how soon Thomas could be prepared to play this season".

That, in turn, may give Thomas little incentive to re-sign as well.

In order for the Cavs not to veto this trade, they have requested another player to sweeten the deal, but the Celtics are reportedly unwilling to send off anybody else, but will part with another draft pick. They replaced Kyrie Irving with the only available point guard that is close to his stature in Isaiah Thomas.

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. In the end, the Celtics having to cough up a second-round pick could be the settlement.

Besides its own future first-round picks, Boston has possible access to future protected picks from the Los Angeles Lakers (2018), LA Clippers (2019) and Memphis Grizzlies (2019).

A potential starting five for the Boston Celtics would be Marcus Smart, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, then Al Horford if the Kyrie Irving/Isaiah Thomas deal can not be landed as originally planned.

Both teams have plenty to lose if the deal falls apart and plenty to gain if the deal goes through.

When word first broke Tuesday night that the Cavs were on the verge of trading Irving to Boston, I initially thought dealing the four-time All-Star for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder was ludicrous.

Boston will quickly shoot that idea down, sources told Chris Mannix of CSNNE. And, in a potential title rematch with the Golden State Warriors, a late-game lineup featuring James at point guard alongside, say, Crowder, J.R. Smith, Richard Jefferson and Tristan Thompson would give Cleveland the kind of shooting and defensive versatility it needs to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors' firepower.

With Thomas already disgruntled, the deal between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have a strong chance of happening. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens was on hand and answered the young fan's inquiry.

Thomas consulted with specialists before it was decided he did not need surgery. The NBA insider suggested that ambiguity over Thomas' health could mean he receives less as a free agent.

The Cavs have every right to void the trade if they don't agree with the medical condition of a player they are taking in return.