The Cavaliers have traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets pick. Irving had requested a trade from the Cavaliers and wanted to play for either the Knicks, Timberwolves, Spurs or Heat. However, Irving is under contract and does not have a no trade clause in his contract. Which means he really didn’t have much of a choice where he was traded to. Trading Irving to the Celtics saved the Cavaliers 29 million in Luxury tax. However, the question now is can the Cleveland Cavaliers convince Isaiah Thomas to resign with them after the season ends.
Thomas averaged a career best 28.9 last season but his contract expires at the end of this season. It’s going to be very interested to see how Thomas and Lebron James co-exist playing together. Both players are very ball dominant but at the end of the day, so was Kyrie Irving.
If the Cavaliers can resign Thomas, and hit jackpot with the Brooklyn Nets pick, their future would look bright. I actually think the Cavaliers made out better than the Celtics in this trade. Because before Lebron came back to Cleveland, Kyrie had never won more than 33 games in a season. We also can’t forget about Kyrie injury history (he’s never played a full season). Which makes me wonder what happens to the Celtics when and if Irving gets injured ?. I’ll also go on the record and say Thomas will be more missed in Boston than Kyrie is in Cleveland. I’ll also like to predict that the Celtics will regret trading away that Brooklyn Nets pick to Cleveland someday.
The Cavaliers Cavaliers will face the Boston Celtics on October 17, at the Quicken Loan Arena. The game will be broadcasted on TNT.