News broke of the reported trade off of Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in an epic swap for Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, Jae Crowder and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 draft pick according to ESPN.
Kyrie made his wishes known about wanting to leaving Cleveland. That zapped a good portion the buying power the Cavs might have had with the all-star and for a while it looked like they might have to bring Irving back for the next season.
But the package Cleveland pulled off is absolutely a plus for the team. They managed to lock-down Jae Crowder, who shows he can cover the best the league has to offer. They got a boost of youth, and a high draft pick to ponder or possibly use for even more trades down the road.
The Cavs with Thomas (and James) are poised to be a force for the East.
Despite Cleveland’s obvious gains, Boston has made a wicked-smart choice in the transaction too. Kyrie Irving is a more superior all-around player than Thomas, although their numbers are close. The man brings a bit more energy, a few more vertical inches, and slightly less age than Thomas.
The downside for the Celt’s is that they lost Crodwer – ouch! The team will need to develop this season, which will probably lead to the Cav’s domination. But beware; Boston is looking strong for the long haul.
Now, what about LeBron James?
Rumors have been swirling about James jumping the Cleveland ship after this season. But, so far, we haven’t seen anything solid.
Will the trade of Irving and the acquisition of Thomas, Crowder, Zizic, and the pick have any impact on the mighty LeBron staying with Cleveland? Probably not.
James still wants championships. That alone could give the Cavaliers a glimmer of hope to keep James. Perhaps it also gave them the motivation to make this trade deal. Only time will tell.
James did take the high road in a farewell tweet to Irving when he said,
That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode