For now at least, the Cleveland Cavaliers have not reached out to the Boston Celtics to talk about the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal came into question after Thomas’ underwent his physical in Cleveland on Friday and the Cavs began to reevaluate the situation. While in Cleveland, Thomas was evaluated by a Cleveland Clinic hip specialist.
This informatonw seems to indicate that the Cavs are thinking about their comfort level with Thomas’ hip and the deal overall now that they’ve done their own evaluation. Internally, general manager Koby Altman and the front office have to decide a) if Thomas’ hip is healthy enough for the deal to be completed and b) if they want to try and renegotiate the deal. Celtics GM Danny Aigne has said the hip played “some” part in decision to deal Thomas.
If the team’s comfort level with the hip is low, they could go back to the Celtics and renegotiate. It’s also possible that the rest of the deal — Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first round pick — is worth taking on Thomas. It could also be voided, causing Irving to come back to Cleveland and have the team looking for a new trade partner. Both teams have publicly announced the trade.