Danny Ainge refuses to comment on Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade drama

Beth Cruz
September 2, 2017

Assuming the deal does go through, the Cavs will have done as well as could have been reasonably expected, in the wake of Irving's trade demand.

The deadline to pass physicals is 10 a.m. Thursday, per league rules, although the two teams could have agreed to an extension. "It's a real slow rehab process, but it's getting better and that's what it's all about", Thomas told The Boston Herald. "When you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to be in your truth and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you want to accomplish it".

"There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it's an environment that's conducive for you maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting their craft", he said.

Irving asked Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to be traded on July 7, seeking to escape James' shadow and become the focal point elsewhere.

Over the past few years, the Celtics put together a collection of tradable assets that can not be matched by any other team.


Irving's comments were his first since the trade.

In the original trade deal, National Basketball Association reported that the Cavaliers agreed to send Irving to the Celtics but apart from Thomas, they will also take Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic, and also the first round draft pick in 2018 of the Brooklyn Nets.

The blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers that was in danger of falling apart is now back on as the Celtics have agreed to give up a second draft pick as compensation for Isaiah Thomas' injured hip. This is a good but older team now, maybe they are crumbling a little by then and this pick is in the 30s, where maybe a guy who could grow into a rotation player sits. Why would Irving want to leave a seemingly ideal situation? When his request to be dealt was made public, Cleveland lost much of their leverage in negotiations with other teams.

Whatever friction that may have existed between Irving and James in the locker room rarely reared its head on the hardwood, where the two often clicked like hand and glove.

Irving said this was a hard decision for him to make.

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