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Reports: Cavaliers seeking additional compensation, Celtics 'may take hard line stance'

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Reports: Cavaliers seeking additional compensation, Celtics 'may take hard line stance'

With the Kyrie Irving trade in limbo thanks to Isaiah Thomas' hip, CSN's A. Sherrod Blakely wrote on Saturday that the Celtics giving up additional compensation would be the quickest solution to get the deal done with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs are now looking for extra assets before they finalize the trade.

The Celtics were not pleased, according to Gary Washburn, and may take a "hard line stance" on the deal

A source told CSNNE.com on Saturday, two league officials who have been in contact with the Cavs still believe the trade will eventually get worked out.

It's unclear what the Cavaliers are looking for at this point, but Blakely says it’s unlikely that the Celtics would move the protected first-round pick they'll receive next year from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

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Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

A couple of NBA legends - one old school and one more modern-day - were among the luminaries wishing Gordon Hayward well after his gruesome ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted his best wishes to Hayward on Twitter and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a message to him on Instagram.

Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.

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Hayward went down about five minutes into his first regular-season game with the C's and is awaiting surgery for an ankle dislocation and fracture at New England Baptist Hospital.

New Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving and the player Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, also posted Wednesday in the aftermath of the injury. 

WE ALL got you brother, No matter what. @gdhayward 3/23 🔺👁☘️

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