Isaiah Thomas did not want to have surgery to repair the torn labrum — and what exacerbated it — in his hip. Not before the biggest contract year of his career. He wanted to get treatment and let it heal, and Boston doctors agreed.
Cleveland doctors see it differently, they see things that can go wrong — and if it does he could miss much of the season, reports Zach Lowe of ESPN. Which is why Cleveland asked for additional compensation.
Boston was forthright about the injury in talks with Cleveland before the teams agreed to a trade on Aug. 22, sources say, but Cleveland’s doctors may come to a different conclusion about Thomas’ prognosis for the coming season — the last before LeBron James enters free agency as a flight risk again.
If recovery from various hip ailments, including a bone bruise, does not proceed smoothly, there is at least a slight chance Thomas would miss most of the 2017-18 season, sources say. (Thomas disagrees.)
Recovery from any injury often has setbacks. And players are notoriously poor judges of when they will be able to get back on the court.
Boston and Cleveland have less than 24 hours to figure out additional compensation (or agree to extend the deadline). Both sides want the deal to go through. Cleveland has pushed for a first-round pick to be added to the trade, Boston is drawing the line at one (maybe two, depending) second-round picks. That likely will be enough, and the deal will get done.
If not, the bidding re-opens… and the Cavs will quickly be reminded there wasn’t a deal nearly this good sitting out there for them from another team.