Danny Ainge: Isaiah Thomas’ hip played ‘some’ role in Kyrie Irving trade
The Celtics gave up so much for Kyrie Irving, questions immediately emerged about the assets traded to Cleveland:
Are we all underrating the Nets, whose 2018 first-round pick Boston sent to Cleveland? Were Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder just products of Brad Stevens’ system? And is Thomas damaged goods?
Thomas will enter free agency next summer as a 29-year-old 5-foot-9 point guard seeking a max contract. That’s undoubtedly a concern.
But Cleveland is in win-now mode, as LeBron James can opt out of his contract next summer. As long Thomas maintains his star production between now and then, even if his next contract presents complications, the Cavaliers should be happy.
But a hip injury leaves uncertainty into how Thomas finishes this contract.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:
Ainge, via Blakely:
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Boston has believed rest + rehab would return Thomas' hip to a full recovery. Cavs plan to monitor closely, anxious to give him physical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 23, 2017
The Cavs are building for June, not October. A short delay in Thomas’ return is no big deal – as long as he fully recovers and isn’t at greater risk of future injury.
Those are big assumptions for someone in his position. His physical will be huge.