Saturday, August 26, 2017

Report: Cavaliers weighing options after Isaiah Thomas' physical

Isaiah Thomas underwent a physical exam on Friday and his injured right-hip has Cavaliers officials considering voiding the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics earlier this week.

Thomas was in Cleveland for his exam before flying back home to the west coast, league sources said.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who broke the story late Friday night, the Cavaliers are still evaluating Thomas' medical information and have made no final decision regarding the trade with the Celtics that also includes Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick.

Cleveland truly values next summer's unprotected first-round pick that Boston grabbed from Brooklyn back on draft night in 2013 (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett trade). Instead of both parties walking away from the deal altogether, the Cavaliers could also ask the Celtics to add another future draft pick.

Irving is scheduled to have his physical with the Celtics on Saturday in Boston.

Thomas has been recovering from a hip injury that ended his season back in May during the Eastern Conferance Finals. It was determined by Boston doctors that Thomas' hip would not require surgery, just rehabilitation and rest throughout the summer. League sources say that the All-Star point guard has not started running yet during his rehab process.

Danny Ainge was asked during his press conferance on Tuesday if Thomas' injury played a role before pulling the trigger on the trade for Irving, the Celtics GM admitted to reporters that he believed that there could be a "little bit of a delay" to start the season.

The Cavaliers and Celtics are planning a telephone call Saturday to discuss issues with the trade stemming from the aftermath of Thomas' physical, which could result in more compensation going to Cleveland.

Joel Pavón

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