Everybody understands that the world of professional sports is nothing short of the bottom-line, business above loyalty, with money and box office returns as the poetry of the front office. It is not about results and although wins and losses affect the ultimate goal of profits emotions are taken out of the equation concerning loyalty and in many cases what the fan base prefers.
Boston Celtics radio analyst Cedric Maxwell this weekend talked with a number of local sports talk radio hosts and shared what he heard about Isaiah Thomas’ reaction to the trade last week.
“Isaiah, I heard, was devastated,” Maxwell said via radio this past weekend.
The overall physical health of Thomas was key to the deal being finalized, for your information, in case you were busy this past weekend watching the small college football schedule and the dress rehearsal, Week #3, of the National Football League’s exhibition slate. Here is the situation with the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers according to CBSSports.com;
August. 22: Cleveland agreed to trade Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets‘ 2018 first-round pick, which the Celtics own courtesy of that train heist Danny Ainge pulled on the Nets in 2013. The Irving deal was a shocker. No real news of it leaked out more than a few hours before it was announced, and not too long after that, Ainge was on a media conference call welcoming Irving to Boston while bidding an emotional farewell to Thomas and Crowder. The trade was done. Or so everyone thought.
August. 25: It was reported the Cavs might consider rescinding the trade after Thomas’ injured hip — which ended his season after Game 2 of last season’s Eastern Conference finals — raised red flags during his physical.
August. 26: It was reported the Cavs would seek further compensation for Irving. On the same day, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated tweeted the Celtics would “strongly resist” adding any deal sweetener, believing they had been transparent with Cleveland about Thomas’ health.
August. 27: It was reported that Cavs are hoping to get Jayson Tatum (this year’s No. 3 overall pick), Jaylen Brown (last year’s No. 3 overall pick) or another one of Boston’s future first-round picks added to the deal.
“And that’s where we stand, with these two teams effectively locked in a game of chicken.”
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