As we sit here and wait for the never ending saga that is the Celtics and Cavs trade, I can’t help but speculate that perhaps the Cavaliers and their new young GM are doing this on purpose.
Koby Altman is just 34 years old, he took over as GM of the Cavaliers exactly month ago. Is the new guy trying to flex his muscles by trying to shake up the entire Celtics organization by turning Thomas on Boston? Perhaps Altman didn’t know how to respond to the Hayward trade? Who knows.
We can only speculate, but something seems fishy. The Cavaliers knew going into the deal that Thomas came off a hip injury that kept in out of the final games of the playoff. They agreed to the deal knowing that pending physical, something that kept the ball in their court.
Knowing Thomas would have to be cleared via physical, they knew they could always axe the deal, or better yet, play the Celtics for fools and ask for more.
Was their plan to anger Thomas, the lovable hero of Boston only to send him straight back home angry at his own city? We will never know. But we can speculate. The only problem is, Boston didn’t torch Thomas jerseys like spoiled rotten millennials, in fact, Boston would welcome Thomas back with open arms.
If getting Thomas and the Brooklyn pick is consolation for losing out on Iriving, I would be A-OK with that. If this deal is voided, it will always be in the back of my mind that the Cavs tried to shake the Celtics. But it won’t work. This team is a young, solid rock.
Update: on CSNNE, Chris Haynes speculated this exact thing, but he referenced the attempt to collect additional picks all along. This is certainly on the minds of some people clearly.
Chris Haynes just now on Early Edition speculated that Altman planned to hold up the trade all along … wow #CelticsTalk
— Max Lederman (@Max_Lederman) August 28, 2017
All I know is our Irving/Hayward tee shirts are going to be one hell of a collectors item.