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Reports: Reworking, rather than rescinding, of Celtics-Cavs trade?

Reports: Reworking, rather than rescinding, of Celtics-Cavs trade?

With the Isaiah Thomas-Kyrie Irving blockbuster trade in jeopardy, a reworking of the deal - rather than rescinding it - could be in the works, according to multiple reports.

The Celtics and Cavaliers will talk Saturday after Thomas' physical in Cleveland on Friday raised concerns about Thomas' hip that could jeopardize the trade, as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported. 

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reported the "Celtics do not believe Isaiah Thomas will be cleared by a Cavs physical."

Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs could push for another draft pick in reworking the deal. 

From Woj: "Instead of voiding the deal, Cleveland could potentially push for Boston to sweeten it — namely for another draft pick. For now, those are conversations still potentially to be had."

The Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach reported a similar scenario as well. 

Two sources told the Associated Press that the Cavs are doing a “deep and thorough” review of the trade.

The Cavs have until Thursday to make a final decision on approving the trade, Woj reports. 

For now, the trade remains Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Celtics' first-round pick next year, via the Brooklyn Nets, going to Cleveland in exchange for Irving.

Wojnarowski reported that Irving was scheduled to take his physical with the Celtics on Saturday and that sources have told ESPN that Thomas has yet begun a regimen of running as he rehabilitates the hip injury he reaggravated in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavs after opting not to have surgery. 

 

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.

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“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.

Regrets?

“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”