Thomas, Crowder to be introduced as Cavaliers on Thursday

Thomas, Crowder to be introduced as Cavaliers on Thursday

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas has said very little since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Ditto for Jae Crowder, who along with Ante Zizic, was included in the deal for four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving.
That should change tomorrow when the newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers will address the media for the first time at 11 a.m.
In addition to the three new players, Cleveland coach (and former Celtics assistant) Tyronn Lue will be in attendance as well as Cavs general manager Koby Altman.

Thomas is reportedly about to change agents as he plays out his final season before free agency with the Cavs.

After the two sides agreed to the trade that, pending physicals, also included Boston sending a 2018 unprotected first-round pick (via the Brooklyn Nets) to Cleveland, the Cavs felt Thomas’ hip injury was potentially worse than they have feared.

Cleveland felt the need for additional compensation in order to seal the deal.

The Celtics felt they had given the Cavs more than enough in the previously agreed-upon trade, pointing to the pick from Brooklyn potentially being the No. 1 overall selection in June's top-heavy draft.
Both sides reached a compromise of sorts with Boston agreeing to tack on a 2020 second-round pick from Miami to complete the deal.

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.


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.