Cavs and Celtics Swap Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 2018 Brooklyn Nets pick (via Shams Charania). This blockbuster trade added on to the already-crazy offseason that unfolded over the last few months.

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Kyrie will finally be getting what he wanted; the chance to lead a team. But this isn’t just any team, this is the Boston Celtics who seem like they can contend for at least the next three years. That is only if Kyrie stays for the third year. Irving has stated that playing in Boston is not a bad option. Considering that, and the fact that Isaiah Thomas would be a free agent next season, and expect to be payed, the Celtics did what seems to be the right move. Kyrie is a free agent in 2019, and he will be the first option in Boston. As well as that, his supporting cast will be very strong. Boston still has many assets including Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and many future first round picks from the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Celtics. This keeps the Celtics in a similar position as before, the ability to contend now, and the ability to contend in the future with young players. Also, getting Kyrie helped Boston fit the time frames between the young guys and the stars better. Before, Isaiah Thomas had an 8+ year difference between him and Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. Irving is 3 years younger than Thomas which means that once the young players develop, Kyrie will still be able to perform at a high level night-in and night-out. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward are two stars who the Celtics picked up in this offseason. Both players averaged 20+ points last season and added to the depth if the #1 seeded Celtics. Even though trading away Isaiah Thomas may have been hard for Boston, getting someone as good as Kyrie Irving was worth it. After all, you have to give to get. Even though the Celtics probably shouldn’t have included Ante Zizic in the deal, Boston gained a lot by acquiring 4-time all-star, Kyrie Irving.

For Cleveland, trading Kyrie looked like the way to go after the offseason drama which started when Irving requested a trade in late June. Like Boston, with this trade, Cleveland is able to contend now, and in the future because of the 2018 Nets pick and Ante Zizic. With Isaiah Thomas, when LeBron goes to the bench, the Cavs will have a very able scorer who can sort of lift the load so that they don’t lose many games if Lebron is hurt. Also, if something goes wrong, both LeBron and Isaiah Thomas can leave in the 2018 offseason. This leaves no players being upset if the other player leaves. With this trade though, if Thomas leaves the Cavs, LeBron is as good as gone because he would want to stick around for a rebuilding process in Cleveland with his career slowly but surely winding down. The Cavs can take Marvin Bagley III or Michael Porter Jr. next draft. My point is that either the Cavs will be contending with superstars, or start their rebuilding process next offseason with valuable young players.

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