Thomas underwent a physical in Cleveland on Friday, and numerous reports said the Cavs weren't entirely pleased with the results on his injured hip, which resulted in Boston giving Cleveland the extra second-round pick. As first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston agreed to add a 2020 second-round pick to an already agreed-upon package that sends point guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland in exchange for point guard Kyrie Irving.
The teams had a deadline of 10 a.m. Thursday to agree on the trade, which was prompted by Irving demanded to be dealt in July.
The trade was delayed and almost voided after Cleveland became uncertain about Thomas' injured hip. The Cars said that Boston wasn't fully transparent about the possible length of rehabilitation facing Thomas, who suffered the hip injury back in March and was shut down in the Eastern Conference finals. In speaking with ESPN and Wojnarowski, Thomas stated "I am not damaged", indicating that while he may not be back early in the season as Cleveland may hope, he will be back the "same player". In addition to Thomas, the Cavaliers will also receive Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Nets' 2018 first-rounder and the second-round pick, which is now property of the Heat.
Irving also thanked the city profusely, both in the video and on his Instagram post.
"I don't think (Thomas' injury) was a surprise necessarily", Griffin said. After the Cavs were beaten by Golden State in this year's Finals, Irving spoke at length about what it meant to play with James and how much he had learned. However, Thomas did indicate he may not be ready for the start of the season.
But in doing so, the Celtics are balancing the incredibly hard challenge of being a contender now while having a roster that has the potential to be in the chase for titles for years to come. Cleveland also receive a 2018 first-round draft pick in the deal.
The offseason has been pretty dramatic with numerous all-stars changing teams, new National Basketball Association rules, and the new National Basketball Association schedule for next season.
Boston does have several future first-round picks, but it appears that they're unlikely to budge from their original offer. He wanted to get traded before the season started - and got his request. "And I'm shouting out you guys and you guys know who you are".