NBA reporter ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if Cavs planned this drama from start
Despite seemingly agreeing on a massive blockbuster trade exactly one week ago, the gamesmanship and bad blood between the fierce Eastern Conference rival Celtics and Cavaliers has found a way to extend into the front offices, one NBA reporter believes.
Speaking with CSNNEâ€™s Early Edition on Monday, ESPNâ€™s Chris Haynes talked about the latest drama between the Câ€™s and Cavaliers, which has left the Cavaliers asking the Celtics for further compensation in exchange for Kyrie Irving after a worrisome physical on guard Isaiah Thomas, one of four pieces sent to Cleveland in the trade, and mentioned how this doesnâ€™t seem like a random move from the Cavaliers.
â€œKoby Altman, Cavaliers new general manager, is a shrewd guy,â€� Haynes said. â€œI wouldnâ€™t be surprised if this was the plan of attack all along with how theyâ€™re doing this.â€�
Reportedly demanding Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, or an additional first-round pick from the Celtics — a move that would make it a five-for-one swap for the 25-year-old Irving — Haynes made it a point to mention how the Cavs knew more about Thomasâ€™ injured hip, which knocked him out of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Celtics last May, than theyâ€™ve let on with these recent demands.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t put it past them,â€� Haynes reaffirmed. â€œI donâ€™t know for sure. But everybody pretty much knew that it was going to be a difficult task in trying to pass Isaiah. The Cavaliers knew that. I just wouldnâ€™t be surprised, Iâ€™ll leave it at that.â€�
But even as Clevelandâ€™s rookie general manager tries to pull a fast one on Celtics president Danny Ainge, and with just a few days left to make this deal official before it falls apart (barring an extension from both sides), Haynes doesnâ€™t believe that this will end with everyone returning to the team they called their own before this time last week.
â€œI donâ€™t think so,â€� Haynes said when asked if he believes this deal could fall apart entirely.
That’s because it’s obviously impossible for Irving to return to Cleveland given his beef with LeBron James, and you can now make the case that it would be just asÂ impossible for Thomas to return to Boston and simply forgive and forget, especially with the way he’s reportedly felt in the immediate aftermath of this deal.Â
â€œIf Iâ€™m looking at this from Bostonâ€™s perspective, I think they need this deal to get done,” acknowledged Haynes.Â “It would be a very awkward situation to bring Isaiah back after how everything went down. Isaiah was definitely devastated with how things unfolded.
â€œI donâ€™t think this trade gets vetoed. I donâ€™t either side can afford this trade to go away.â€�
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