The Cavaliers and Celtics finalised a trade on Tuesday that sends Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick.
Irving has two years left on his deal, while Thomas' contract expires after the 2017-18 season. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the team is unsure if Thomas will be ready for start of training camp. Look at the other star players that have been moved since the All-Star break and all of them have been all-stars (Cousins, Butler, George, Lopez, Paul, Millsap) you could make a strong argument that the Cavs got the most in return. He refused to let go of a young player and a pick for a Top 10 player.
Apparently, Irving was exhausted of going along for the ride. He can create in more ways and reach a level Thomas can't, but he's not that muchbetter. A point guard playing with James isn't fully a point guard, in that James is always going to be the dominant ball-handler and decision-maker.
In his six seasons with the Cavaliers, Irving posted career averages of 21.6 points, 5.5 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 34.2 minutes of action.
If ESPN is correct, that means the Cavaliers will add a lottery pick to a squad that is still the favorite to win the Eastern Conference title.
After weeks of National Basketball Association trade rumors revolving around Kyrie Irving, it appears there may be an actual trade drawing closer.
Jae Crowder also heads to the Cavs, to help balance out the salaries.
This NBA off-season has given us a little of everything. Irving is having a "done that" moment, and wants something new.
Well it turns out Kyrie Irving got his wish and has finally been traded. Crowder felt like a throw-in in the deal for Rajon Rondo, but he became a key cog both as a defender and a floor spacer on offense.