The rumors have been circulating all throughout the summer of a potential Kyrie Irving trade. The rumored teams consisted of the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, and Phoenix Suns , which is why i’m sure that I can’t be the only one surprised by this trade.
IT HAPPENED. pic.twitter.com/WQKTbrpXBH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 22, 2017
Bleacher Report announced late in the evening yesterday that a trade was made between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics headlined by a swap of Kyrie Irving and “The King of the 4th Quarter”, Isaiah Thomas. This is a trade in which both parties win because although the Cavs lose an amazing scorer in Kyrie Irving, they replace him with an equally potent scorer in Isaiah Thomas and add toughness and defense with the additional acquisition of Jae Crowder and they get the draft rights to the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick that was owned by the Boston Celtics. Therefore, not only do the Cavs retain pieces that keep them competitive for a championship run, they also gain an asset for the future with a potential lottery pick in case LeBron James does depart after this season along with Isaiah Thomas who is entering the last year of his contract. With a move that gives the Cavs equal value in the swap of two scoring point guards, a potential lottery pick in 2018, and an additional piece that bolsters a bench headlined by Derrick Rose, the Cavaliers are definite winners in this trade. It was also great to see LeBron be supportive of Kyrie in the transaction.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017
As for the Boston Celtics, they complete an off season that saw them draft Jayson Tatum (SF, Duke University) 4th overall, and sign their top free agent target, Gordon Hayward. However, some felt that the Celtics didn’t do enough with the trade assets that they’ve acquired since they traded Jason Terry, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in 2013. The Celtics chose not to pull the trigger on acquiring Jimmy Butler, Kristaps Porzingis, and Paul George via trade. However, the wait may just have been worth it as this was the best logical move for the Celtics franchise. Celtics General Manager, Danny Ainge, was very reluctant to resign Isaiah Thomas to a max deal due to lingering issues with Isaiah’s hip and his miniature status. The Celtics also had to deal with a disgruntled Jae Crowder who wasn’t happy about the Celtics targeting Gordon Hayward, a player that plays the same position as Crowder. With this trade, the Celtics get a taller and 3 years younger (Kyrie 25, Isaiah 28) scoring point guard and the departure of Crowder allows the Celtics to play young prospects, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, more minutes this upcoming season.
Boston has believed rest + rehab would return Thomas' hip to a full recovery. Cavs plan to monitor closely, anxious to give him physical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 23, 2017
We will have a better idea of who won this trade when the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers go head to head on opening night on October 17th, 2017.
Who do you think won the trade ? Let us know in the comments below.