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.