March 21 2018

Kyrie Irving thanks Cleveland after trade to Celtics

March 21 2018, 10:24 | Frederick Owens

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Both teams can be seen as winners in this exchange. Wojnarowski also reports that Cleveland felt Boston was not "fully transparent" about Thomas' health, and the Cavaliers therefore had every right to void the deal if Thomas was not at a satisfying recovery point.

However, the trade hadn't been finalized due to Isiah Thomas' "quesitonable" hip injury & pending physical. Thomas has been consulting with renowned hip specialist Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY.

"I just want to say all the individuals that I met over my six-year span, I don't say it as if this is ending friendship or anything like that, you guys understand how much those moments meant to me", Irving said.

Cavs general manager Koby Altman confirmed the agreement to the Akron Beacon Journal. Now they will also get a future second-rounder. The four-time all-star, who helped Cleveland reach three straight NBA Finals and win its first title, was said to have grown tired of playing in LeBron James's considerable shadow.

He has been rehabilitating it since his season ended.

To stay or not to stay? The 5-foot-9 Thomas hasn't participated in any basketball-related activities since skipping most of the Easter Conference Finals series after he aggravated a previous hip injury.

However, there is no doubt they received the best overall player from the deal. Crowder can play on the wings and open up space for perimeter shooters. "I kept playing on it and making it worse - until I couldn't play anymore last season". Ante Zizic brings high potential as an global talent. It was Irving, the franchise's No. 1 pick in 2011 who hit the 3-pointer with 53 seconds left in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals to help beat the Warriors, who asked to be traded away from LeBron James and Cleveland in July. Kyrie Irving is very young at 25 and has his prime years ahead of him.

Kyrie Irving, left, and Isaiah Thomas are set to switch jerseys. He informed ESPN Tuesday night that he has made significant progress and is confident he will be the same player - even if there is chatter about him missing the start of the regular season.

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