With the addition of another draft pick, the super trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics over Kyrie Irving was finalized earlier this week, putting another chapter of this year's NBA offseason to bed.
Irving completed his trade to the Celtics, getting his wish to move away from LeBron James and start his own legacy, and in return, the Cavaliers received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat.
The reason for the additional draft pick was due to the current health status of Thomas, who is still dealing with a hip injury that forced him to miss most of the Eastern Conference Finals for the Celtics against the Cavaliers last season.
There is a growing concern that he could be out for some time, potentially missing most of the NBA season, but no timeframe for his absence had been reported.
Now, just hours after the trade between Boston and Cleveland has been officially completed, a report by Jason Lloyd of the Athletic has emerged citing an unnamed source who has dealt with similar hip problems as Thomas saying the new Cleveland guard could be out until around the All-Star game in February.
His report helps explain how important the Nets' pick was to the Cavaliers, as he says: "No one is willing to put a timeline on when Thomas might return to the court. The fact he isn't even running yet certainly is not a good sign.
"One source with experience dealing with the type of hip problems Thomas is facing predicted it could be January or even the All-Star break before Thomas returns to game action. That doesn't leave much time for a new player to establish chemistry and rhythm with a team trying to compete for a championship."
If this is the case, it would likely mean Derrick Rose will be the Cavaliers starting point guard for the majority of the season, if not all of it depending on how the team is doing in the Eastern Conference by the time Thomas is able to return to action.
Looks like Cleveland managed to get rid of one problem in Irving, but they invested into a new one in Thomas.