'I'll be back' says Thomas as Celtics-Cavs wrangle

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving

Cleveland felt it had been undersold in the deal.

"The trade is now complete", the teams said in their statement.

Given the questions about Thomas' hip and when he might be able to return (one says there's even a slight chance http://larrybrownsports.com/basketball/slight-chance-isaiah-thomas-miss-most-of-season/391360he could miss most of the year), it's understandable why Lue and James would be anxious about the trade.

The teams had a deadline of 10 a.m. Thursday to agree on the trade, which was prompted by Irving demanded to be dealt in July.

The Cavaliers, who are also set to receive forward Jae Crowder, centre Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick, had been baulking after conducting a physical examination of Thomas.

"I'm going to be back, and I'm going to be the same player again", Thomas told ESPN. As guarded as I am and as everyone likes to say that I have a wall up, spending two minutes or five minutes asking someone genuinely about themselves is what I truly care about.

"Multiple sources told me that Gilbert is operating under the assumption that LeBron will opt out of his contract next summer and leave Cleveland".

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However the final confirmation was held up amid concerns over a hip injury that Thomas is now recovering from. There were so many questions as to where Kyrie Irving was heading and whether the New York Knicks would trade Carmelo Anthony.

In his 6 seasons - including 3 Finals appearances - with Cleveland, Irving put up averages of 21.6 points, 5.5 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.

Irving described his challenges with playing alongside LeBron James in the 2017 National Basketball Association finals, saying he felt like he had to take a step back with LeBron on the team, something he hadn't been used to in prior years.

Wasting absolutely no time in unveiling the team's latest superstar, in addition to former Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward, the Celtics formally introduced Irving to the city of Boston on Friday morning.

Thomas' future is not as certain. But by managing to successfully pull off a deal that sends a dissatisfied player and gain such a package that prepares you for the anticipated post-Lebron era, Cleveland gets what they need.

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