About a week ago, the NBA universe was rocked when it was suddenly announced that the Cleveland Cavaliers would be sending star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in return for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick.
However, last Friday, it was revealed Thomas still has issues regarding an apparent hip injury, meaning the trade would be rendered null and void and all players would be remaining on their current teams, making things very awkward for all parties.
Adrian Wojnarowski also added that he expects the Cavs to ask for one of the Celtics' young players to sweeten the deal if Thomas' injury will sideline him for an extended period of time, namely either number three overall pick in this year's draft Jayson Tatum or Jaylen Brown. It's fair to say that the Celtics won't want to give up a major part of their young core though.
Instead, reports are being thrown around that the Cavs are interested in another first-round pick from Boston, and the Celtics are strongly considering throwing one into the deal so they can lock up Irving in Beantown.
The Celtics currently hold the rights to potentially 11 first-round picks in the next 4 years, so giving away one from their collection to land an All-Star talent won't break the bank for Boston.
For Cleveland, being able to haggle an extra pick from Boston would provide more than enough value in exchange for Kyrie. It would also help strengthen their future alongside the Brooklyn pick if, in fact, LeBron does leave in the summer of 2018.
Whether or not Boston would be 100% comfortable giving up a first-rounder in the trade is yet to be confirmed, but the C's definitely need to add something else on their end if they want the Cavs to accept their offer.