The Cavaliers reportedly found nothing different from the original medical report on their recent acquisition, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
In perhaps the biggest trade of the summer, the Celtics sent their star player Isaiah Thomas, alongside Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. Irving has wanted out of Cleveland for some time and the Cavaliers obliged his request. While it appears the trade looks great (technically) on paper for both sides, the Cavaliers maybe having trader’s remorse.
Thomas suffered a hip injury against the Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs and may not be ready to go once the season starts. The Cavs have expressed concern about Thomas and his hip injury and reportedly considered vetoing the trade. But, recent reports have come to show that the Cavs found nothing different from the original report provided by the Celtics on Thomas (h/t MassLive).
Appearing on The Vertical podcast with Chris Mannix, Bulpett said the Cavaliers weren’t surprised by Thomas’ medical situation.
“My read is actually from the Cleveland side, and what I hear from there is that nothing they’ve found is anything different than what was conveyed to the Cavaliers in the trade discussions, and certainly in the medical information that was passed forward,” Bulpett told Mannix.
Meanwhile, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon (as well as Bulpett on Mannix’s pod), the Cavaliers still haven’t actually asked the Celtics for more compensation.
This is an interesting take. It could be that the Cavaliers really would like to work things out with Irving, instead of relying on the unknown with Thomas. Thomas is a great player, but the hip injury could damper the win-now mentality the Cavaliers are employing. Especially since the Golden State Warriors are only going to get better with time, the Cavaliers must decide who’s the best player for their team going forward.