Cavs 'evaluating options' after Thomas physical
Isaiah Thomas underwent a physical Friday and the Cleveland Cavaliers are "evaluating their options" with the completion of a trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, according to a report from ESPN.
Thomas severely injured his hip during the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers in May. He was traded to the Cavs along with forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick earlier this week.
If Thomas were to fail his physical, the deal could be re-worked or voided altogether.
As Amico Hoops writer Ashish Mathur pointed out in a post earlier Friday, Celtics president Danny Ainge admitted Thomas’ hip ailment was a concern and played a big part in the decision to trade the All-Star scorer.
"Ainge also suggested on a conference call with reporters that Thomas might not be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season," Mathur noted.
All of this may or may not throw a wrench into a deal that was said to be extremely pleasing to Irving, who requested a trade in July. It has been reported that had Irving remained with the Cavs, he would've held out of training camp until a deal had been reached.
Irving's issues are reportedly centered on All-Star forward LeBron James -- though Irving has not addressed the matter since the news of his trade request became known last month.
Thomas, 28, averaged an Eastern Conference-best 28.9 points last season.
Amico Hoops will have more on this story as it develops.