Last night, the Celtics and Cavaliers finally were able to finalize the blockbuster Irving-Thomas trade. Originally, Boston sent Cleveland Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a Brooklyn Nets first round pick for Kyrie Irving. However, when Cleveland examined the condition of Isaiah’s hip, they grew concerned and the deal was halted. The Cavs were reportedly trying to get Jayson Tatum or Jalen Brown as well, but the Celtics stood their ground; and, instead, a 2020 Celtics 2nd round pick will be added to sweeten the deal for Cleveland, making the trade official.
As a Celtics fan, I really like this trade. Although we gave up a lot of assets, Kyrie is a 25 year old star that will make the Celtics all the better. Isaiah Thomas is my favorite player, and will forever appreciated, engraved in Celtics history, and will no doubt will be dearly missed in Boston. However, his hip injury is worrisome, and he has stated that he wants a max money deal, so this year would likely be his last with us anyway. Crowder and Zizic were solid bench players, but I’m not too upset about seeing them go. The only thing of guaranteed lasting value for the Cavs is the 2018 1st round pick. If and when LeBron leaves the Cavs, they’ve put themselves in decent shape with IT (if he resigns) and the picks. The Celtics have Kyrie, Hayward, Tatum, Brown, and Horford, along with a stockpile of picks and leverage in future deals.
Ultimately, the trade was equal on both sides and Boston fans should be excited to watch Irving for years to come. The finals shouldn’t be too far off.