The Miami Heat may have a chance to trade for Kyrie Irving after all.
The blockbuster Eastern Conference trade has descended into uncertainty after Isaiah Thomas failed his physical with the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland has until Thursday to approve the trade. The Cavaliers can veto the trade on the grounds of the failed physical, sending the players back to their respective teams.
Sources: After Isaiah Thomas physical, Cavs plan to seek additional asset to complete Kyrie Irving deal w/ Celtics. https://t.co/NaOrehTTgT— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2017
Initially, many commentators believed that the Cavaliers received an impressive haul for trading away their 25-year-old All Star. But the fact that Thomas has not started running yet after his hip injury last season could set off red flags for the Cavaliers. Thomas will need to fill in the shoes of Irving as a high-scoring guard to challenge the Golden State Warriors. Sure, Jae Crowder is a nice defender, and the 2018 pick from the Nets could turn into a top-five selection. But Thomas was the headline of that trade.
Will the Cavaliers get their additional asset, and the trade goes through without any hitches? Or will this situation recall memories of the vetoed Chris Paul-to-Lakers trade, with a scramble to trade an All-Star player? Will Pat Riley think about trading Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside for Irving, then? We’ll have to wait and see.