The Cavaliers voiding their trade with the Celtics would screw up working conditions for Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder.
And maybe Thomas Robinson.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
The 3-for-1 trade – I think Ante Zizic faces similar working conditions in either Cleveland or Boston – would open a regular-season roster spot on the Celtics. Prior to the deal, they had 16 players on standard contracts, one more than the regular-season limit.
Robinson would fit nicely as Boston’s third center, behind Al Horford and Aron Baynes. A rebounding specialist who spent last season with the Lakers, Robinson might even make the rotation if the Celtics try to preserve Horford by playing him more at power forward.
And if Boston and Cleveland complete this trade.
Update: Apparently, this promotion was too weird for the NBA. The tweet was deleted, but here’s a screenshot:
The Cavaliers-Celtics trade is hanging in limbo.
But who wants an Isaiah Thomas Cavs jersey?
It’s a little weird to see the NBA hawk this stuff when it’s clear the trade might get voided. But the league must unload its Adidas gear before Nike takes over.
And, hey, these could be collectors’ items.
The Cavaliers and Celtics are both posturing in the wake of Isaiah Thomas‘ concerning physical, which threatens to upend the Kyrie Irving trade.
But actual negotiations about reworking the deal?
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
According to a previous report, the Cavs planned to ask for additional compensation. There’s still plenty of time for them to do so.
But that they haven’t yet suggests they could still accept the trade as is. After all, the Nets’ first-round pick is an incredibly valuable asset, and Jae Crowder would bolster Cleveland in a matchup with the Warriors. Ante Zizic isn’t nothing. And Thomas could still play well after his hip recovers. A physical can’t perfectly predict his future.
Still, I expect the Cavaliers to seek more from Boston before Wednesday night. The bigger question: What happens if the Celtics say no?
JaMychal Green remains a restricted agent, his $2,820,497 qualifying offer still outstanding from the Grizzlies.
Chris Herrington of The Commercial Appeal:
They’ve offered significantly more than that, but also significantly less than Green and his agent were probably expecting when the process began.
“Significant” is in the eye of the eye of the beholder. Green obviously doesn’t think it’s significantly enough more, or he would have accepted the offer.
The 27-year-old power forward is a solid all-around player. He can score inside and out, rebound and defend bigger and smaller players. He’s not much of a rim-protector, but that just requires the right center pairing.
Green is worth well above the qualifying offer. It’s on Memphis to offer enough more so Green doesn’t just take the qualifying offer and try again as an unrestricted free agent next summer. It seems being restricted cooled his market this year.
Last Tuesday night, the Cavaliers and Celtics made official – but not complete – their trade of Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick. On the trade call, the teams presumably set schedules for physicals and ruling on them.
With Thomas’ hip causing concern in Cleveland, that schedule is suddenly of the utmost importance.
Now, we have an idea on timing.
Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:
A Cavs source said the two sides need to reach a conclusion by Wednesday evening or mutually agree to extend the deadline. Though the Cavs could void the trade based on Thomas’ injury, sources still expect a deal to get done.
The teams could easily delay the deadline, but if the Celtics are truly drawing a line in the sand with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown or any other first-round pick, they could stick to Wednesday evening. Of course, that might be more of the posturing we’ve seen from both sides.
If it comes to it, the Cavs could always void the trade and still negotiate with Boston on a revised deal. But who’s to say the Celtics would even leave the original offer on the table?
Wednesday is a soft deadline, but a deadline nonetheless. Those are always helpful in finding resolution, though obviously not as much as hard deadlines.