The Cleveland Cavaliers soap opera has finished in dramatic fashion. The Cavaliers have agreed to a deal which sends Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first-round pick.
Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade has ruled the offseason headlines ever since July when he first requested the trade. New reports have surfaced saying that Kyrie first wanted out of Cleveland since he heard that the Cavaliers organization was shopping him in June and James approved of the deal. The New York Knicks had been rumored to have had a potential trade for Irving, but seemed to be unwilling to give up any of their stars such as Kristaps Porzingis.
Isaiah Thomas had an incredible season with the Celtics in 2016, leading them to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2012, where they lost to the Cavaliers. Isaiah averaged almost 29 points, six assists, and three rebounds in 33 minutes of play wearing a Celtics jersey. Kyrie also had a great season averaging just above 25 points, six assists, and three rebounds in 35 minutes of play wearing the Cavaliers jersey.
Jae Crowder can provide the Cavaliers with solid outside defense and averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per game for the Celtics last season. The Celtics have been very busy this offseason, signing Gordon Hayward and picking up Jayson Tatum in the draft. On the flip side, the Cavaliers have had a torrid offseason and this seems to be the best move they’ve made all year.
This trade is one of the premier moves of the offseason and it will be unclear as to how it will affect both teams, with there being only one way to know. Let the season begin.