Cavs get another draft pick, finalize trade with Celtics
CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations has said a blockbuster deal sending Kyrie Irving to Boston and fellow All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland has been finalized by the Cavaliers getting another draft pick from the Celtics.
The Cavs will receive a second-round pick in 2020 to complete the package, said the person who spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the NBA has to sign off on the agreement. The original deal sent Irving to the Celtics for Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a first-round pick next year.
The Cavs had balked at completing the trade last week after Thomas underwent a physical. He tore a labrum last season in the playoffs.
Thomas decided not to have surgery and has been rehabilitating his hip this summer.
Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season. Thomas averaged 28.9 points — third-best in the NBA — along with 5.9 assists.
The teams had a deadline of 4 a.m. HST today to agree on the trade.