ESPNThe Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics are nearing a deal on a trade centered on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, league sources tell ESPN. An agreement hasn’t been finalized but Boston and Cleveland are discussing a deal centered around Irving for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder and a future first-round draft pick, league sources said. The Vertical first reported that the teams were in serious talks.Boston center Ante Zizic has also been discussed as part of the deal, league sources said. The two sides were still working out the details of the parts to a potential trade.
I’ve said since Kyrie Irving first demanded a trade, the Boston Celtics make the most sense as a trade partner for the Cleveland Cavaliers, because of their wealth of assets. The question is, would the Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to their biggest rival, and risk facing him in the Eastern Conference Finals? Tonight, we got our answer, a resounding yes. The league has been notified, and the deal is done, Kyrie Irving is a member of the Boston Celtics.
This is probably a good time to remind you that the Cavs play the Celtics in the NBA season opener on October 17th.
In addition to Thomas and Crowder the Cavs get big man Ante Zizic, who has a lot of fans in NBA front offices, as well as the much coveted Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick.
This trade allows the Cavs future flexibility, because if LeBron James leaves as a free agent next summer as many in the league suspect he will, Isaiah Thomas contract is up next summer too. The Cavs can rebuild, and have the beginnings of a future, with Brooklyn’s first round pick. If LeBron James does stay in Cleveland past next summer, the Cavs can flip the Brooklyn pick to another team, in a trade for a star player that LeBron James wants to play with in Cleveland.