The Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement Tuesday to trade disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in a package headlined by point guard Isaiah Thomas, according to a league source.
That's the only way to be to the kid!
After asking team owner Dan Gilbert for a trade last July, Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been traded to the Boston Celtics for center Ante Zizic, forward Jae Crowder, point guard Isaiah Thomas, and Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick.
Isaiah Thomas hasn't even been on the Cleveland Cavaliers for 24 hours and reports are already surfacing out of Boston, claiming his Celtics teammates "weren't really that fond of him".
Boston has undergone a huge makeover despite going into the Eastern Conference playoffs as the No. 1 seed last season. Irving, 25, averaged 25.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds a game last season and helped the Cavaliers make their third straight appearance in the National Basketball Association finals, which they lost to the Golden State Warriors. However, it is simply baffling to me that the Cavs can get this kind of return on Irving when Butler was acquired for so little.
Kyrie Irving is headed to Boston. There's also a player option on a potential third year for Irving, but the point is, you take the younger player with more years left on the contract any day of the week, if the talent matches up. That hasn't been done before where the Eastern Conference finalists traded the off-season after they faced off. They've faced the Golden State Warriors with the title on the line in each of the last three years, and as long as LeBron James is on the team, that likely won't change. It's pretty clear that Irving likes to play against the Warriors.
Crowder will turn 28 next summer, but he's on one of the NBA's best contracts and could easily be moved to a plethora of teams should the Cavs enter a rebuilding phase.
Irving now has the chance to be the face of a storied franchise and will immediately have an opportunity to lead his new team to the NBA Finals. In Game 2, Doug Fister pitched a one-hit complete game for the win and Drew Pomeranz followed it up with a very solid start in Game 3. He is better than every single player that the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls got in exchange for Paul George and Jimmy Butler and he's basically a throw-in. He also wanted to be the focal point of a team.
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