Cavaliers eyeing Tatum or Brown as additional compensation

Arnold Nichols
August 29, 2017

Thomas took the exam and then flew out of town soon afterward.

This could end up being a very hard situation for the Cavs and Celtics.

Five of the 12 players initially selected to represent the East in last season's all-star game have changed teams since. He re-aggravated it during Game 6 of the conference semifinals against the Washington Wizards and missed the final three games of the conference finals against the Cavaliers because of it. The one bit of solace the Cleveland Cavaliers can take is that he does not need surgery to fix his hip, according to Mass Live.

"Lost in the attention surrounding Irving's trade request is that Iman Shumpert also requested a trade after the season, multiple sources told ESPN". Although, Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix has said that the Celtics have drawn a line in the sand in the Kyrie Irving negotiations, and they're completely unwilling to trade Tatum, Brown or any more first round picks.

Jae Crowder has been the subject of trade speculation in the past.

There have have been throngs of Celtics' fans seen burning Isaiah Thomas jerseys, according to For The Win. He would tweet that he would have no issue leaving the team, which he later deleted.

Isaiah Thomas' health could potentially trigger a standoff between the Eastern Conference rivals.

Both teams have plenty to lose if the deal falls apart and plenty to gain if the deal goes through. Thomas put it all on the line, but it wasn't enough to keep his current job in Boston. With all that said, here are five reasons why this trade will eventually get done.

Cleveland has until Thursday to decide if they will still accept the trade or veto it. Wojnarowski added that landing either young player was unlikely but that the Celtics had other draft assets the Cavaliers could target. Yet it would seem easier paying Kyrie's $20 million next year and signing him later once Isaiah is gone.

The Cavaliers' stance could trigger a standoff between Cleveland and Boston officials, forcing both organizations to weigh the consequences of letting the blockbuster trade implode. On Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the Cavs plan to seek further compensation in the trade after Thomas' physical.

The Cleveland Cavaliers may bet getting cold feet about the trade they agreed to that will send Kyrie Irving to Boston, but that does not mean the deal is in danger of being nixed altogether.

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