On Wednesday, Isaiah Thomas finally broke the silence and said “I am not damaged. I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player. No doctor has told me anything different than that.” in an interview with ESPN. This came after Thomas had an unsuccessful medical with Cleveland Cavaliers making them question the trade they made with Boston Celtics. Many reporters called Thomas a “damaged good” afterward. It looks like Isaiah is determined to prove them wrong.
Blockbuster trade between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers saw Kyrie Irving taking on the Celtics jersey, while the Cavs got Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick. But, the trade still isn’t finalized and could collapse due to Isaiah Thomas hip injury.
Thomas was injured during the Eastern Conference Finals game 2 against the Cavs and was ruled out for the reminder of the series. He chose not to have the surgery and was expected to return to the court by the beginning of this season. However, the medical he had in Cleveland cast some doubt on that and showed that Thomas’ return could be significantly delayed. This put both the Celtics and the Cavs in an awkward situation. Celtics don’t want to lose a chance to have a superstar player like Irving while Cavaliers are now uncertain about the value they got in return if it turns out that Thomas won’t be able to play for the majority of the season. In order for Thomas to be of value for the Cavs, he needs to play the entire seasons, since he will be a free agent next year.
It has been reported by multiple sources that Cleveland Cavaliers are now asking for more assets from Celtics in order for this trade to go through. It looks like Cavs have their eyes set on additional first round or second round pick.