LeBron shares his thoughts on Kyrie trade, was worried about IT's hip

Sources close to James say not only was he squarely against the Thomas/Irving trade with Boston, he believed the Cavaliers could have extracted more from the Celtics.

Kahron Spearman's Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst report that, amongst a host of other issues, forward LeBron James was against the trade for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, with Kyrie Irving going to the Boston Celtics.

On top of his initial rejection of the trade on its face, James believed that once the Cavaliers front office understood the full extent of the hip injury to Thomas, additional assets should have been required in return from Boston Celtics to complete the deal.

Sources close to James, a master of applying leverage, said he was less than impressed by how the Cavs handled reworking the Irving deal once the severity of Thomas' injury became clear. Had the Cavs backed out, which they considered doing for several days, the Celtics would have been in a tough position. They had already celebrated Irving's arrival and would have alienated Thomas and Jae Crowder. Adding to the Cavs' leverage was the nature of Thomas' hip injury becoming public, thereby further diminishing his trade value and putting Boston in an even tighter spot if the deal fell through.

Perhaps 'general manager' will be in James' future, given this cut-throat analysis.

Unfortunately, James had a model for Thomas: the oft-injured point guard Jonny Flynn, whose NBA career ended with hip injuries.

"When you think about hip injuries, you think of Jonny Flynn," the Cavs' Tristan Thompson said to ESPN. "And I was very close to Jonny Flynn. ... So, it's a tough thing. You got to be patient. And the tough part about being on the Cavs, there is no time. ... You got to be ready to go right away."

Thomas wasn't, and James believes the Cavs missed the ball. Or did they?

Kyrie Irving left during the second half of a game against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, with what's being called "soreness" in his knee - the same knee he reportedly threatened to have surgery on if he wasn't traded. In fact, he implied to ESPN's Chris Forsberg that he may need extended rest.


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