LOS ANGELES -- With the Cavs freefalling in the East standings, a lot of criticism is starting to surface on the team's offseason move to trade Kyrie Irving. Isaiah Thomas is struggling to return to form after a lengthy recovery process from hip surgery. Jae Crowder is having his worst NBA season in years and has been pulled from the starting lineup. Ante Zizic has been relegated to the end of the bench and the Brooklyn is doing better than the Cavs expected.
While things go bad to worse in Cleveland, a new report has surfaced on the tough circumstances that the Cavs had to deal with last summer as they considered moving Irving in a deal to Boston. Here's the report from Joe Vardon via Cleveland.com:
According to multiple sources, Irving threatened to sit out the season and have surgery on his knee, convincing Gilbert and Cleveland's front office that the relationship with Irving was not salvageable.
According to sources, Irving needs minor knee surgery as a follow to the procedure he underwent during the 2015 Finals to repair his broken knee cap. It's not pressing -- Irving is averaging 24.5 points and shooting a career-high .477 from the field -- but the procedure would ease some of the swelling and day-to-day pain he feels.
Such a procedure is typically done in the offseason; but he threatened to not come to training camp (first reported by ESPN) and then have the procedure during the season, leaving the Cavs without a point guard.
BSJ Analysis: Two important thoughts come to mind for Celtics fans after reading this story so I'll try to answer them piece-by-piece.