The blockbuster trade that saw the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics swap Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas took a major twist over the weekend.
Thomas underwent a medical examination with the Cavs on Friday and they discovered that the hip injury which ended his season is worse than initially feared.
At the time, the Celtics decided the player didn't require surgery and instead instructed him to undertake a period of rest and rehabilitation.
As a result, the Cavaliers are considering voiding the trade, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
However, he also states that the Wine and Gold are seeking an extra trade asset from Boston, in the form of another first-round pick or for either Jaylen Brown or rookie Jayson Tatum, to be added to the deal.
It is believed that the two teams discussed Thomas' injury and the Celtics maintain that they provided the Cavs with all the relevant information.
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, though, the Eastern Conference rivals have differing views on the extent of the two-time All-Star's hip problem.
Goodman took to Twitter to say: "Celtics doctor may believe IT will only miss a month. Cavs hip specialist may be saying it could be entire season ..."
If Cleveland is proved to be right, this will be a major blow to their chances of challenging the Golden State Warriors next season if they can't find an All-Star calibre replacement for Irving.
This will also be an embarrassing moment for both teams as Kyrie is desperate to leave Cleveland and Boston has shown that they are willing to ship IT off meaning the player will find it hard to return to the franchise.
The situation now leaves both teams in a tough spot as the deal hangs in the balance and Wojnarowski believes that both Boston and Cleveland have a lot to lose if it falls through.
If this worst case scenario happens, it'll mean that the Cavs will also miss out on Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick which was also part of the trade.
It's extremely rare for a trade of this magnitude to be confirmed by both teams for it to then reach a stalemate and it'll have huge ramifications for the upcoming season for both parties involved.
They will meet on the opening night of the new campaign on 17 October at Quicken Loans Arena in what is becoming a more significant matchup by the day.News Now - Sport News