The Irving-Thomas trade can go a thousand different directions

by Olga Hunt August 25, 2017, 1:23
The Irving-Thomas trade can go a thousand different directions

The Celtics and Cavaliers pulled off a blockbuster trade to swap point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas (among other pieces), a deal that still positions both teams at the top of the Eastern Conference (see story).

Perhaps the most shocking move was made on Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers traded embattled all-star point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in a trade that should please LeBron James.

The Cs were the No. 1 seed in the East, hosting James and the Cavs in a best-of-seven for the right to head to the Finals.

For the first time in league history, a trade occurred between two teams that had met in either the conference or NBA Finals last season. While this is the case for most teams playing against the defending champions, it only get worse at the other end of the floor. Crowder gives the Cavs a strong defensive player who can knock down the three to go along with the scoring ability of Thomas and LeBron James. But overall, Pluto says he likes numerous parts of the deal, including the acquisition of Boston's Isaiah Thomas, who Pluto says fans will "absolutely love". OR.the Cavs can keep it if (or should I say when?) LeBron leaves next summer and start the rebuild that way and it is a quick rebuild. As gifted a scorer as Irving is, he has yet to prove he's capable of being the Number One option on a contender team.

Indeed, James hasn't spoken publicly since the trade, and Cleveland.com has noted he is "keeping mum" on Thomas. Not to mention the fact they gave the Cavaliers a likely top-five pick in next year's loaded draft.

Thomas emerged as a bona fide star for the Celtics last season, averaging a career-high 28.9 points and 5.9 assists while shooting 46.3 per cent from the field before a hip injury marred his participation in the play-offs.

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"Remember: this is the guy who hit the shot in Game 7 of 2016 to help bring a title to Cleveland".

When Thomas was traded to the Cavaliers, some Celtics fans burned his jersey.

Then there is the 2018 Brooklyn pick.

But when it comes down to it, getting Irving was real, Davis?

Celtics fans should be excited about the team's future, but let's all remember one thing: winning the East is a great accomplishment, but actually winning the National Basketball Association title is a whole different animal.


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