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Kyrie Irving Traded To Boston For Isaiah Thomas And Others

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Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas Trade Places!

Midday on August 22nd, executives from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics orchestrated a trade that sent 2011’s top draft pick Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. In exchange, Cleveland received 2011’s final draft pick Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s first pick in 2018.

Both Irving and Thomas are coming off of career best seasons. During their 2016-2017 campaigns, the guards each scored at least 25 ppg shooting over 46% from the field. They also both made 90% of their free throws, made at least 2.5 3’s and neared 6 assists per game.

This is the first time in NBA history that two players who averaged over 25 ppg were traded for each other. Both are absolute nightmares to guard and can score on the leagues toughest defenders with ease. Both guards are also entering their seventh season in the NBA.

So, you might be asking yourself, whats the point in making this trade? The answer is because both teams are now better off than they were at the start of this week.

Why Cleveland is Better Now

Sure, trading away 25 year old 4-time All Star with an Olympic gold medal and a championship ring for a 28-year-old guard standing 5’9″ with some recent injury concerns (hip) may not be ideal, but luckily for Cleveland, they got more than just Thomas in return for Kyrie.

Jae Crowder is a really solid addition to a Cleveland team in need of youth and help on the wing. Jae may not be amazing in any one particular area, but there is nothing he doesn’t do well. The 27-year-old Georgia native plays hard and runs the floor well. He can score when you need him to, but he doesn’t take bad shots or hog the ball. The former Celtic finds a way to work well within the offensive scheme and is a formidable defender. He puts in the effort to grab rebounds (5.8 in 2017) and has the ability to spread the floor with his jumper (2.2 3’s in 2017). Crowder is a player that any team would be lucky to have, and I’m sure it hurt Danny Ainge to trade him away.

Ante Zizic has yet to play a game in the NBA after being drafted by the Celtics with the 23rd pick in the 2016 draft, but he has shown signs of promise in the Summer League and could potentially earn himself some decent playing time this year. He also helps to lower the average age of the team, which Cleveland is in need of.

Last but certainly not least, Boston threw in Brooklyn’s first round pick in next year’s draft. The potential value of that pick is so obvious that it need not be said out loud. Not to mention, it will continue to add young legs to an aging roster.

Why Boston is Better Now

Boston has made it clear this offseason that they think it’s time a new team should win the eastern conference. Adding Gordon Hayward might have been enough for the Celtics to de-throne King James, but even after landing him this offseason there was still something missing from the roster.

That something is now on its way to Boston in the form of Kyrie Irving.

“But James, Kyrie isn’t THAT much better than Isaiah, what are you talking about?”

I’m talking about what Kyrie brings to the table that neither Isaiah Thomas nor anybody else on the team, brings. I’m talking about a championship pedigree. Someone who knows what it takes to get the job done, and who knows what adjustments must be made in order for the team to achieve its goal. I’m talking about someone who is well-versed on the problem of dealing with LeBron James, and who may be able to help Boston get inside LeBron’s head.


But considering LeBron has been to the Finals seven seasons in a row, Boston should do everything they can to gain a competitive edge while they have their best roster in nearly a decade.

Is this the year that LeBron is finally forced to watch the Finals from home? Probably not. But I’d argue this Celtics team has probably the best chance out of anyone in the past seven seasons. Regardless, until more superstars head east, the eastern conference will probably be another snooze fest until playoff time arrives.

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