Any chance the San Antonio Spurs had of getting Kyrie Irving got canceled by the Boston Celtics. However, Isaiah Thomas’ hip may have opened the door, even if the opportunity is slim to none.
The San Antonio Spurs were in on Kyrie Irving until the Boston Celtics pulled off a trade to acquire him from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The deal sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland.
Thomas was a question mark, however. He dealt with a hip injury during the 2017 NBA playoffs, which was a focus of the trade discussions with the Cavaliers (h/t CBS Sports).
Well, the Cavs gave Thomas a physical on the injured hip, something Boston thought would heal with “rest and rehab,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Owner Dan Gilbert and co. may not fully be behind that, however, as Wojnarowski reported, on Friday evening, that Thomas underwent a physical for his hip, but the Cavs are “still evaluating.” It was also called a “very sensitive situation.”
For the deal to pass, Cleveland must clear Thomas in his physical. If they don’t, that means Irving remains with the Cavaliers, unless another deal is made.
If the deal is voided, this allows other interested teams back into the mix. Now that the price on Irving was publicly established, would it impact another potential trade?
Of course, this would mean the Spurs remain. They made an offer about one month ago. Obviously, Cleveland didn’t accept it, and the terms were never disclosed in a report.
San Antonio’s best trade pieces would be LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and draft picks, among other options. Whether any combination of this is enough to get Irving is unknown, but either way, it would look difficult for the Spurs to get a deal done. None of these players are top-end young talents, and the organization can’t offer a potential No. 1 overall pick like the Celtics could (they can thank the Paul Pierce-Kevin Garnett trade of 2013).
There’s no guarantee the Irving deal gets voided. The Cavs might deem Thomas’ hip capable of healing through rest and rehab and let it play into the start of the 2017-18 season. However, if Wojnarowski’s report is any indication, that’s hardly a guarantee.