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Oh My: Kyrie Irving traded to Boston for Isaiah Thomas

There is an enormous shakeup in the NBA this evening with the news that Kyrie Irving has been shipped to the Boston Celtics. The Cavaliers receive Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick in return. Holy cow.

To me, this is one of the rare trades where I think both sides come out better than before. Boston will have an insane lineup of Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris and Al Horford, as well as Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, to plug in. The Celtics also have a top pick next summer.

Cleveland gets Thomas, who finished behind LeBron James in the MVP voting, plus two good players and a shot at the No. 1 overall pick AGAIN in 2018, while getting rid of the troubled Irving.

This is a MEGA deal that shakes up the East. It also puts an end to all the trade talk for Irving, which included several former Kentucky Wildcats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for Oh My: Kyrie Irving traded to Boston for Isaiah Thomas



  1. maximumscott
    7:46 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    Boston tot a better guard. Not as much of a mis match on defense.



  2. runningunnin.454
    7:54 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    Shocking; but, I think the Cavs came out on top.



    • Luether
      10:15 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

      Must agree. Thomas along with Jae Crowder’s defense and overall toughness could put the Cavs back over the top…



  3. damage_control
    8:05 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    Is it really a MEGA deal when they’re essentially the same exact player?



  4. gobble gobble
    8:07 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    I wouldn’t call that boston lineup “insane”



    • damage_control
      8:17 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

      Exactly- when the 2nd best player on you’re squad is Gordon Hayward, your lineup is officially well adjusted.



  5. 8xchamp
    8:26 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    So you’re saying gsw just won it again?



  6. Catcasey1
    9:28 pm August 22, 2017 Permalink

    Yep



  7. StuckinLville
    1:46 am August 23, 2017 Permalink

    I’m really surprised that Boston traded Thomas away. I wonder how he feels about that? Also, I would have thought this to be an even trade on the pgs, not additional players and picks.



  8. bdmnky81
    10:49 am August 23, 2017 Permalink

    Cavs come out better. Thomas is not measurably worse than kyrie on offense, the comparision on d is significant (kyrie sucks but isiah is the worse perimeter defender by any metric) but crowder gives muscle and toughness to cavs, the center has great upside and that 1st round pick helps when LeBron leaves next year. Just made the best team better. Warriors in 5 in the championship either way though haha