The NBA landscape changed following the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, but the completion of that trade is now in question due to concerns about the health of Isaiah Thomas' hip. As such, the Cleveland Cavaliers are asking the Celtics for additional compensation in order to complete the deal. We have the latest on that ongoing saga, as well as updates on Iman Shumpert's trade request and a key injury for the New Orleans Pelicans, in today's NBA Rumors Roundup:
Celtics to "strongly resist" sending more compensation to Cavs in Kyrie Irving trade
While the Cavs are pursuing another asset from the Celtics in order to complete the Irving trade, Boston is refusing to do so. They say they were very up front with the Cavs about Thomas' injury and will "strongly resist" Cleveland's efforts, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.
Boston believes it was completely transparent w/Cleveland on IT's hip injury, per sources. Expect Celtics to strongly resist any sweetener.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) August 26, 2017
Concerns arose following Thomas' physical with the Cavs on Friday, where they discovered that his injury was more severe than they thought. The injury did not require surgery but the Celtics were concerned that he'd miss most of training camp.
Cleveland has to decide if they will still accept the trade or veto it by Thursday.
Thomas averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game last year.
Latest on Iman Shumpert trade
Irving's trade request overshadowed Shumpert's own request in Cleveland, but there isn't much interest in him on the open market. Cleveland was talking with the Houston Rockets about a deal before they acquired Chris Paul, ending talks between the two sides.
The Cavs have some off-court concerns about Shumpert, and with his role continuing to diminish, Cleveland has been open to trading him since the start of last season. However, with no interest from other teams, it appears that Shumpert will remain with the Cavs through the end of the 2017-18 season.
Shumpert is slated to made just over $10.3 million this season with an $11 million player option for the 2018-19 season, which he is expected to decline if he is not traded. He averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game last season.
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Solomon Hill could be out for season
Pelicans forward Solomon Hill underwent surgery to repair a torn hamstring that could keep him out for the entire upcoming season, according to multiple reports.
Hill was expected to start for New Orleans and they have little depth behind him at small forward. The team is holding out hope that he'll be able to return for the end of the season, but this is a big blow to a team that is already facing major pressure to make the playoffs this season after trading for DeMarcus Cousins and re-signing Jrue Holiday to a massive deal.
Hill averaged 7.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 80 games last season, including 71 starts.Back to the NBA Newsfeed