There was no way that the Cleveland Cavaliers were going to begin training camp with a disgruntled Kyrie Irving as their starting point guard. The result of this? A move made at the 11th hour to try and get something of value back for Kyrie.
There was a lot that went into this trade, so let’s break it all down.
If you don’t hear trade rumors from the Woj man himself, there’s only one other reliable source…my man Shams Charania. The defacto Woj broke the trade on Twitter today, delivering a Shams-bomb with the confirmed deal.
Celtics are sending Thomas, Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first-round pick for Kyrie Irving, league sources tell The Vertical. https://t.co/gdaT9UjVGl
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2017
To Cleveland: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick (should be top 3)
To Boston: Kyrie Irving
They had an isolated 25 year old star point-guard who was not content with being second-fiddle to LeBron. That was an asset that they needed to move, and the longer they waited, the less valuable he became. It’s tough to really get true value for a player that the entire league knows wants out. It’s like trying to sell a house that’s been on the market for the past four months. Nobody is going to give you the price you want, but you can’t give it up for peanuts.
Now I don’t know what this new Cleveland front office was up to, but they were able to pull some David Blaine Mind Freak shit on Danny Ainge and the Celtics. They must have made them think that they were not the only offer on the table. At this point in the year, getting that package for Kyrie is a win for Cleveland. It may not make them a better ball team now, but it will help shape a future that is more toxic than Lake Ontario.
Danny Ainge has certainly had his fair share of criticism this offseason. Failing to land a true star player to compliment this “good but not great” team. Couldn’t sign one. Couldn’t trade for one. Internet comments were somewhere along the lines of “I hope this guy drinks some liquid Drain-O because he’s full of shit! He doesn’t want to improve this team!”
Well Celtics fans, you got your wish.
Ainge finally pulled the trigger, getting the star in Irving, but also giving up a lot in the process. He had to give up local hero Isaiah Thomas, which I’m sure will not please die-hard Celtics fans. I’m sure the conversation between Ainge and Thomas went something like this…
“Sorry, what was that? You played your heart out for our team in the playoffs when your sister died and you want to sign a max contract extension? Nah, we would rather have Kyrie. Peace out homeboy.” #loyalty, am I right?
Either way, Boston couldn’t go into the season without getting someone other than Hayward. It was a move that had to be done, but would probably be better received if the Celtics didn’t pay the Cavs full asking price for the listed house. Especially that Brooklyn pick…ouch.
Verdict & Thoughts
I honestly think this trade is pretty fair. I’ve seen arguments made for both sides on Twitter, and I understand it. Cleveland sets up well for the future, and if they can keep IT past next season I think it’s a win for them. Boston did get the best player in this trade, and I understand the belief that getting the best player in a trade makes your team the winner. I think Boston may have slightly overpaid for Irving, but Boston was feeling pressure by both fan-base and most likely the Cavs.
I just don’t understand why this move was the one that Ainge decided to pull off. I give him full credit for getting a star player for his team, but he could have done that with Butler or George and would have most likely been able to keep Isaiah too, and pay a smaller price than the one paid in this trade.
It will be very interesting to see how IT plays with James. I know Thomas and Love go way back, so maybe some chemistry might be there and allow Love to develop into even more of a key piece for that team.
My little mandatory tidbit on the Raptors…I think this trade balances the power in the East. In my opinion, Cleveland becomes worse, Boston becomes better, but this could potentially open the door for the Raptors to make a push. Expect them to be contenders in the East.
If all this trade movement wasn’t exciting enough, the season opener for the Cavs? At home versus these Celtics. Should make for some great TV. Buckle up kids, it’s going to be a wild season.
By the way…the NBA 2K Cover Athlete curse continues…
— NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) August 22, 2017
How do you feel about that, Kyrie?
VERDICT: Fair trade, but slighttttt edge to Cleveland.