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


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.

Thomas reached out to Ainge for possible return to Celtics

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Thomas reached out to Ainge for possible return to Celtics

Isaiah Thomas is a Denver Nugget now, having signed a one-year, $2 million veteran's minimum contract to re-establish his value in hopes of getting his free-agent payoff next year.

But he almost did that re-establishment in a very familiar place.

In an extensive interview with ESPN's Adrian Wojnaowski, Thomas said he reached out to Danny Ainge and, in the course of their 15- to 20-minute conversation said: "If the opportunity is there, I would just like to let you know that I'd love to come back" to the Celtics.

(He told the same thing to our own A. Sherrod Blakely just before signing with Denver.)

According to Wojnaowski, Ainge "was open to the idea" but had to wait until Marcus Smart's restricted-free-agency situation was settled. By the time it was -- last Friday -- Thomas had joined the Nuggets.

"S---, I'd have gone back," Thomas told Wojnaowski. "I don't hold grudges."

The ironic part is, it was his last games in a Celtic uniform that probably prevented from getting the money he thought he'd be getting in free agency this summer.

"If I didn't play in the playoffs (in 2017, when his hip injury became worse), I'd be OK," Thomas told Wojnaowski. "I'd be getting paid. I'd be who I am -- who I was. But you couldn't tell me in that moment in time -- with everything I was going through -- that, OK, I should just sit out. I don't think Boston went about it the right way, as well.

"But at the same time, it was hard for me to sit out. I just lost my sister, one of the closest people in my life. Basketball was the only thing that was going to help me out. I played until I literally couldn't play anymore. And that was not a good business decision if I was looking in the long term, but I was looking in the 'right now.' That's just what it was.

"They probably would've traded me anyway. But I would've been in position to show my worth, and last year I was never in position to show my worth."

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.