Why the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas deal wasn’t ‘ever in real danger’

Nine days after word of the blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics first leaked, and it’s finally official: Kyrie Irving is headed to Boston, with Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick Cleveland-bound. A week’s worth of bellyaching over Thomas’ injured hip threatened to scuttle the deal, but the inclusion of a 2020 second-round pick late Wednesday night was enough to satisfy Cavs officials.

It’s a good thing, too. For days, Boston officials wondered what the Cavs were up to. The Celtics believed they had been above board with Thomas’ hip, sharing all relevant medical data, and made Cleveland fully aware that the injury that ended Thomas’ season in the middle of Game 2 of the conference finals could cause him to miss the start of this one. Boston had zero interest in sweetening the offer with another first-round pick, much less coveted prospects Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum. If the Cavs didn’t come down from those demands, league sources told The Vertical, Boston was ready to walk away.

They did, and isn’t that good for everybody? The Cavs don’t have to re-open the Irving trade talks and hope that someone comes forward with a

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