After reports of the Isaiah Thomas trade broke out fans around the nation were baffled. Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 2018 Nets first round draft pick for Kyrie Irving. The damage was done, the players and fans had settled in, until a couple of days later when a report broke out that Isaiah had failed his physical in Cleveland. It was previously disclosed to the team that he had an injured hip but after many test, the team felt as though they needed more compensation for the deal.
Now you may be thinking, if the deal is already made then why is it that they can ask for more. The NBA has a rule that if a player is injured and not all information on the player is disclosed to the other team on the severity of the injury then they have the right to reject or add on to the trade if the other team agrees. This does not suggest that the Celtics lied to the Cavaliers but that maybe the doctors in Boston had a different protocol and analysis of Isaiah.
The Cavaliers at first asked for one of the younger players from Boston (Jayson Tatum, or Jaylen Brown) but after later development got only a 2020 2nd round pick from the heat. This deal came to fruition after a week of extra negotiation but finally Kyrie is a Celtic.
This also means that one of the most beloved players in recent boston sports history in Isaiah Thomas is gone. The now Cavalier has written in the players tribune on his moments on Boston, and what this city has done for him. In this heart-touching piece, the star thanked the city and said his goodbyes to the fans, teammates, and ownership. This is the end of the rebuild for the Celtics, this is the turning point. This move makes them the Finals contending team that they have strive to be. For this trade and past two years of glory, I would like to thank Isaiah Thomas. The little guy, for one last time. The people of Boston will miss you greatly.