Reporter: Cavs planned Irving-Thomas trade impasse all along
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics currently are at an impasse as the teams attempt to complete the blockbuster trade highlighted by the exchange of Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas. ESPN’s Chris Haynes recently speculated the Cavaliers may have planned the stalemate all along.
Haynes recently joined CSNNE to discuss the situation. And Haynes suggested new Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman — a “very shrewd guy” in the his words — may have orchestrated the ongoing impasse originally spawned by purported concerns over the health of Thomas’ hip.
“It seems like a lot of this is something that they had, a lock up plan or a design that they had planned for a while,” Haynes said, as transcribed by Dime Mag. “I am surprised it’s kind of going this route. I was talking with some people a couple days ago about when was the last time you’ve seen something like this, and other execs were like ‘We haven’t seen this chicken and mouse game going on for a while.’
“I will say this: Koby Altman, the Cavaliers new general manager, he’s a very shrewd guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the plan of attack all along in how they’re doing this.”
As things currently stand, the Cavaliers are demanding additional assets from the Celtics due to the concern that Thomas might not be ready to play at the start of the 2017-18 NBA season. While several scenarios have been bandied about as a means to even out the deal — at least from Cleveland’s perspective — negotiations remain ongoing with both sides seemingly unwilling to budge from their position.
Haynes added during the interview that Boston needs “this deal to get done.” Meanwhile, concerning the Cavaliers, Haynes noted that “everybody pretty much knew that it was going to be a difficult task in trying to pass Isaiah.”
That said, prevailing wisdom suggests a deal ultimately will get done. It’s just a matter of which team blinks first. Although the Celtics — and perhaps the NBA — won’t be thrilled if it is somehow established that Altman planned it to play out this way all along.