Cavs reviewing Irving-Thomas trade
Just when it appeared the Cavaliers’ chaotic summer had calmed, there’s a flare-up.
That blockbuster deal between Cleveland and Boston is stuck. The Cavaliers have some concerns about guard Isaiah Thomas’ health and are doing a “deep and thorough” review of the deal that brought him over from the Celtics, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday. On Tuesday, the Cavaliers rocked the NBA by honoring All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s trade request and dealing him to the Celtics — one of their biggest rivals — for Thomas and a lucrative package that included an unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick.
The two people said the trade has not been completed and the Cavs are continuing to do a medical evaluation on Thomas, who injured his right hip last season and had to drop out of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly discussing its plans.
Noel reportedly accepts Mavs’ QO
Two people with knowledge of the agreement say Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has accepted a $4.1 million qualifying offer for one year, essentially betting on himself that he can get something closer to a max contract as an unrestricted free agent next summer. Noel’s decision as a restricted free agent means he can’t sign a long-term deal until after the upcoming season, one of the people told The Associated Press on Saturday. Both spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending NBA approval.
Sterling sent off after goal
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling was sent off for exuberantly celebrating a stoppage-time winner that led to fans spilling onto the pitch at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Sterling was shown a second yellow card of the game after celebrating scoring in the seventh minute of stoppage time among jubilant away fans to clinch a 2-1 victory in the English Premier League.
As City fans leapt on the field, City striker Sergio Aguero also exchanged words with a policeman and Benjamin Mendy was held back by other officers.