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Report: Thomas upset by trade, but 'fully committed' to Cavs, posts message to LeBron

Report: Thomas upset by trade, but 'fully committed' to Cavs, posts message to LeBron

Though Isaiah Thomas was upset to have been traded by the Celtics, he’s “fully committed” to playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland.com reports.

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Meanwhile, Thomas was spotted in Cavs gear by a fan whose mother apparently mistook the 5-foot-9 I.T. for a "kid."

Thomas posed with teenager Elijah LaBow in the point guard's hometown of Tacoma, Wash. He arrived in Cleveland on Sunday, reports Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon: 

Thomas’ work back to the court will be overseen by Dr. James Rosneck, a renowned hip specialist at the Cleveland Clinic who works with the Cavs. Dr. Richard Parker, the team’s lead doctor and an orthopedic surgeon at the Clinic, will of course also be involved.

The Cavs want to see how Thomas responds after a week, and then through the month of September leading into training camp before they determine a timetable. Thomas elected not to have surgery and told ESPN this week surgery was not the best course of action. All indications point to Thomas missing at least a portion of the season.

Thomas' wife Kayla posted pictures of her husband checking out his new Cavs locker at their practice facility:

Thomas also posted this comment below, among the more than 1,200, on new Cavs teammate LeBron James' Instagram post of James' photo from Manila on his Asia tour. 

And here's the full LeBron post:


 

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

Report: Celtics waive swingman Abdel Nader

The Celtics have waived swingman Abdel Nader, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports. It opens up a roster spot perhaps for Jabari Bird or another player who impressed in Summer League play.

Nader, 24, a native of Egypt, was a second-round pick in 2016 (58th overall). The 6-6 guard/small forward averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds and shot 33.6 percent (35.4 from 3) in 48 games last season, his first in the NBA.  He's still owed $450,000 but the rest of his contract was non-guaranteed. 

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Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Hayward looks just about ready in latest video

Gordon Hayward told our Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely earlier this week that "I'm just about full speed" (see video above) as he recovers from the devastating injury that derailed his season five minutes into his Celtics debut.

As if to prove it, Hayward posted an Instagram video that shows his surgically repaired ankle appearing to hold up pretty well as he hits a series of step-back and turnaround jumpers working with skills coach Drew Hanlen and finishes with him sinking 18 consecutive 3-pointers and counting.

It's on to five-on-five work next month. 

Click here for more on Blakely's exclusive one-on-one interview with Hayward.

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