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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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Watch: Gordon Hayward dunks over defender

Watch: Gordon Hayward dunks over defender

Gordon Hayward's return from his ankle injury seems to be as close to complete as it could before training camp. 

In a video posted by his trainer Jason Smeathers, Hayward can be found blowing by a defender off the dribble and dunking on him with two hands. 

Soon, the defender will hopefully be someone like Ben Simmons or Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Hayward's recovery has been well documented, giving Celtics fans a constant progress report of where their star forward was in his path back to the TD Garden floor. 

There have been questions surrounding Hayward's return to a team that made it to Game 7 of the conference finals without him, but there was never gaps in information regarding his recovery.

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Mannix: LeBron, Lakers will fall short of postseason

Mannix: LeBron, Lakers will fall short of postseason

After reaching the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons while shouldering an unprecedented workload, the idea of LeBron James missing the playoffs entirely sounds blasphemous.

Chris Mannix, however, thinks, with their current roster, the new-look Lakers will fall short of the postseason for the sixth straight season.

“It’s the island of misfit toys out there...and LeBron James,” said Mannix.

The Lakers finished the 2017-18 NBA season 35-47, 12 games behind the eighth-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves.

“You have to assume it’s 48 wins to get into the playoffs in the Western Conference,” Mannix added. “I don’t see that team making up that difference.”

James wasn’t the only addition Los Angeles made, however, bringing in veterans Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Javale McGee, and resigning Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

If the Lakers do miss the playoffs, it will be James’ first missed postseason since the 2004-05 season, when his Cleveland Cavaliers fell short despite the 20-year-old James averaging over 27 points per game.