Kyrie Irving Gets Traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas
After renegotiations due to a failed physical by Isaiah Thomas, the Celts and Cavs have finally made it official: Cleveland Cavalier’s Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, Boston’s 2018 first-round pick, and Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick.
This blockbuster trade has the potential to benefit the Celtics in the future and will definitely up the rivalry between the Celtics and the Cavs, and cause a stir throughout the NBA overall. Tuesday’s move raised a number of questions, from what the future looks like for the Cavs with LeBron James, and what the Celtics will look like next season.
First off, many are questioning whether Irving leaving the Cavs will convince James to stay. The Cavs certainly received some good players from the trade with the addition of Thomas, Crowder and Zizic, but James leaving the Cavs next summer is a high possibility and one that’s been on the table for some time. The Cavs could also use their unprotected Net’s pick to trade for another star player, which could factor into James’ choice to stay or go.
But what does the future look like for the Celtics now that they have Irving? And what will match-ups between the Celtics and Cavs, and Irving and James, look like this upcoming season? The Cavs will be hosting the Celtics on October 17 in their season opener, and it’s tough to predict what the outcome will be. The Cavs will certainly be strong with James and Thomas paired together, and will the Celtics will benefit from the addition of Irving in the long run, it’s hard to say what the immediate season will look like. The Celtics will have to learn how to work with Irving, paired with players like Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris.
Overall, the Cavs will come into the 2017-2018 NBA season as the East’s favorited team, and the Celtics will look to have their success in the future. Another question that has been raised by this trade is whether or not the Cavs will sign Thomas with a max deal, which again could depend on if James will stay or not. Thomas and James will both be free agents in 2018, but if James stays it can be assumed Thomas will too.
This blockbuster trade is certain to stir up the NBA and has the potential to give the Celtics a leg-up in the long run.