It's officially official. After days and days of the Cleveland Cavaliers holding out on the Boston Celtics for some additional compensation due to their fear of Isaiah Thomas' hip injury, the two teams finally came to an agreement on a trade including Thomas and Kyrie Irving.
The teams originally announced the deal on August 22, but it hit a snag three days later when Thomas underwent a physical with the Cavaliers, the results of which concerned the team.
Instead Boston has sent a 2020 pick to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers selected Irving with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011 after he played in just 11 games at Duke because of injury.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said thank you to Cleveland fans on social media on Thursday.
The Cavaliers are seeking extra compensation in the trade because they felt the Celtics undersold the significance of Thomas' hip injury and the amount of the upcoming season he would miss. Through that deal, they have lost Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and next year's top pick held by the Brooklyn Nets. Irving was the second-best player on the Cleveland Cavaliers, behind Lebron James, and just came off a third-straight trip to the National Basketball Association finals this past season. However, Thomas did indicate he may not be ready for the start of the season.
Thomas will be bringing a few more points to the table than Irving did with a 28.9 average per game.
"I think I would have", Griffin told NBA TV late Tuesday night.
ESPN's Zach Lowe has reported that if the deal between the Cavaliers and Celtics fell apart, the Milwaukee Bucks were going to make an offer centered on 2017 rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon and versatile wing Khris Middleton. "I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this [hip] won't be a problem into the future".