Four-time All-Star guard Irving stunned the National Basketball Association earlier this year by signalling his desire to seek a move, which the Celtics duly acted on in a trade which sees Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic head in the opposite direction. Fortunately for basketball fans, the Cavaliers and Celtics face off against each other in the season opener on October 17 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Irving, 25, who found his new home on the Celtics this week after Isaiah Thomas' health concerns stalled the deal, thanked his former team with a note and video on Instagram Thursday.
They held the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick that the Cavs craved as it offered Cleveland the potential to rebuild even in the event of the scenario that James and Thomas leave as unrestricted free agents after next season. For those looking at this years win totals, here are some of the best options for betting on them, Bovada is at the top of this and they just updated their odds schedule for this upcoming season.
They began proceedings by signing veteran point guard Jose Calderon to a one-year, $2.3 million veteran minimum deal.
Thomas, a second-team All-NBA player for the Boston Celtics, was included in a trade to Cleveland for four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving on August 22, but uncertainty surrounding his anticipated return to the court has stalled the finalizing of the deal.
"I am not damaged", Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday.
"I don't know what [the organization] is doing", Thomas told ESPN.
The rumors that circulated around Irving asking for a trade away from Cleveland were that the four-time All-Star wanted to be "the man" with a new team, but that was far from what he said Friday. The Celtics made the right move. The two players, arriving from Utah and Cleveland respectively, spoke at the press conference and Irving addressed the reasons why he left LeBron James in Ohio. "I put a lot of hours in and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid". Irving is exactly the type of player the Celtics need, a proven playoff performer and a victor. They not only get stronger for next season but also acquire a high-value first round draft pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
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