Danny Ainge refuses to comment on Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade drama
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge isnâ€™t commenting on the particulars of the week-long holdup behind the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas blockbuster.Â
When asked Friday about whether he was surprised Cleveland wanted more compensation, Ainge tersely said the matter was â€œprivate.â€� The Celtics sent the Cavaliers a 2020 second-round pick Wednesday to complete the deal, which also included Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Netsâ€™ 2018 first-round selection.
Though the trade was originally agreed upon Aug. 22, the drama began last Friday when news leaked the Cavaliers were dissatisfied with the results of Thomasâ€™ physical. The point guard injured his right hip against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals last season.
The report was puzzling, considering the Celtics had been open about the state of Thomasâ€™ hip. In a recent interview with Comcast SportsNet New England, general manager Danny Ainge admitted there was a possibility Thomas wouldnâ€™t be ready for the start of the season.
The Ringerâ€™s Kevin Oâ€™Connor published a detailed overview of theÂ prolonged negotiations, saying LeBron James â€œcooledâ€� on Thomas after learning he could miss substantial time this season. The Athletic reports Thomas could be out until the All-Star Break.Â
Thomas has downplayed his injury publicly, however. He told ESPNâ€™s Adrian Wojnarowski this week heâ€™s â€œnot damagedâ€� and will â€œreturn to the same player again.â€�Â
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