It appears Kyrie Irving is going to get his wish.
According to ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to send their star point guard to the Boston Celtics for a package that includes their own star, Isaiah Thomas.
Cavs and Celtics on verge of a deal: Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and 2018 Nets pick unprotected, sources say
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 22, 2017
Nothing has confirmed 100%, but this seems like it’s going to be a done deal. If true, the Cavaliers have to be ecstatic about receiving Thomas, and shooter Jae Crowder. Ante Ziziz and the 2018 pick from the New Jersey Nets is just icing on the cake.
I’m not sure why Danny Ainge gave away as much as he did for Irving, but he must feel he’s the missing piece to the Celtics’ hopes to overtake the Cavs in the East, although the Celtics did finish on top of the division last season. The Cavs finished second, but defeated the Celtics in the playoffs.
The deal also benefits the Cavs, as it still keeps them relevant and in the hunt for another title next year. Although Thomas is no Irving, he’s an all-star in his own right and will definitely give the Cavs one of the top point guards in the league. Now let’s see how he and Derrick Rose split minutes and who will take that top starting spot.
Although Boston wasn’t one of the teams Irving put on his short list, he should be happy that he’s on an instant contender and should be the team’s new franchise player.