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The blockbuster trade in which the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers swapped All-Star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas and other pieces is suddenly in danger of being called off because of Thomas’ hip injury.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Friday night that Thomas had his physical earlier in the day and that the Cavs are “weighing their options.”
“Sources: After Isaiah Thomas underwent physical today, Cavs still evaluating injured hip and weighing options with completion of Irving deal,” Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter.
Sources: After Isaiah Thomas underwent physical today, Cavs still evaluating injured hip and weighing options w/ completion of Irving deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2017
If Thomas failed his physical, the trade can be voided. Another option would be for the Cavs to seek additional compensation from the Celtics.
The injury to Thomas’s hip was well known, however, this report suggests that the injury is worse than the Cavs were expecting.
Thomas initially injured his hip in March during the regular season and missed two games. He re-injured the hip during the Eastern Conference semifinals and eventually missed the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The status of the trade was described to ESPN as “a very sensitive situation.“
After the trade, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge confirmed that the hip was still an issue for Thomas and that he would likely miss the start of the season, but that he “should be fine” at some point during the season.
Thomas and the Celtics opted against surgery on the hip. The speculation now would be that the Cavaliers believe that surgery is necessary and that Thomas would miss much more of the season than originally feared.