Celtics to Introduce New Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward

The blockbuster deal between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers involving two of the Eastern Conference's biggest stars is finally official.

The Cavs and Celtics originally announced a trade August 22, but when a physical on Thomas' injured hip led to some concerns on Cleveland's part, the deal's finalization was delayed until Wednesday, when Boston agreed to add the Heat's second-round pick in 2020.

Wojnarowski earlier reported that the Cavs were "determined" to get a second first-round pick in the trade. The extra pick headed to Cleveland is the Heat's 2020 second-rounder that the Celtics previously had acquired.

The Cavaliers, who are also set to receive forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick, had been balking at finalizing the trade after conducting a physical examination of Thomas.

Cleveland delayed a finalization of the original trade, expressing their concern for the recently injured hip of point guard, Isaiah Thomas and demanding compensation from the Celtics to complete an already fair exchange. Thomas has been dealing with a chronic hip injury for almost a year and isn't expected to join Cleveland's training camp which gets underway in less than four weeks.

Thomas was emphatic during an interview with ESPN on Tuesday that he would be fine.

The teams faced a Thursday morning deadline to complete the trade. Thomas even said that he would be fine as he guaranteed his fans to return to be the same player again.

Thomas decided not to have surgery and has been rehabbing his hip this summer.

On his Instagram account, Irving took the time to thank the individuals he had met along his journey with the Cavs, and all those who have supported him since he was drafted as the first overall pick back in 2011 - but made no special mention of LeBron James.

Thomas is entering the final year of his contract and will hit free agency along with LeBron James in 2018.

The Cavs had better odds of defeating the Warriors with Irving on their side, but he's gone now.

"I don't know what [the organization] is doing", Thomas told ESPN. Isiah Thomas meanwhile belittled his injury in his own press conference.

The Celtics took a significant risk in trading for Irving, giving up their current core and a very valuable future asset for the disgruntled point guard.

"If the Cavs pick him it'll be a great pick for them", James said.

  • Julie Sanders