The teams have until Wednesday at 10 a.m.to submit a physical of the players involved in the trade to the league, and the deadline to pass the physical is 10 a.m. on Thursday. With him on an expiring contract, they don't even necessarily need him to have great longevity - though he would certainly like to be healthy enough to cash in next summer, and they would ideally like to re-sign him (and LeBron James). Still, Cleveland rookie GM Koby Altman wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't try and squeeze the Celtics for additional compensation based on Thomas' health.
Cleveland found a deal that landed it an All-Star point guard, a three-and-D wing, a promising big man and Brooklyn's first-round pick in the 2018 draft.
Thomas was traded through no fault of his own - it was a decision made by the Celticsfront office, and there was no word that Thomas had requested a trade, as there was with Irving in Cleveland. He has been growing a lot as an offensive threat, and I think that he can be a huge defensive asset for the Cavs as they look to get back to the NBA Finals this season. He played three years for the University of Washington and was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the 60th and final pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.