Kyrie Got His Wish, But Cleveland Still Won

As soon as you thought the steam behind the Cleveland Cavaliers trading Kyrie Irving was losing its momentum, they pulled a magic trick by sending Irving to Boston for the NBA’s diminutive point guard sensation, Isaiah Thomas.


Along with Thomas, Boston will send Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland, first reported by The Vertical.

This trade benefits the Cavaliers more, at least for a season. As far as talent goes, Boston made a lateral move. Kyrie Irving is a star in the NBA, but so is Isaiah Thomas. As a matter of fact, many will argue that Thomas is the better player. Neither can play much defense but both can score. Also, they gave up a first round draft pick and a key piece all for one player that once again, isn’t much better than the player they are replacing.

For Cleveland, this was a great trade. Not only did they get another elite point guard to run the offense, they got Jae Crowder, a strong defensive presence that can step out and hit threes at a 40 percent clip and by guessing the Nets will have another subpar season, Cleveland got a 2018 lottery pick as well. Oh yeah, they also have Lebron James for at least another season.tumblr_ov3z7nqKo11sbxj8ao1_1280

Last season, Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season. The four time all star played a vital role in Cleveland’s 2016 NBA title run. He was also the 2011-2012 rookie of the year.

Thomas had his best season as an NBA player last season, averaging 28.9 and 5.9 assists per game.

Irving asked Cleveland for a trade in mid-July, which put a ton of pressure on the franchise in the midst of hiring a new general manager. Finding a substantial trade piece was difficult for the Cavs because they couldn’t find a good piece to replace Irving. But after today, the Cavs got n elite starting point guard, a very team-oriented two-way player in Crowder and a possible lottery pick.

The first game of the NBA season will be Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics at the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 17.

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