So when Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, the four-time MVP piggybacked on one fan's positive message to share some kind words and urge Cleveland Cavaliers fans to do the same. Those five teams, however, couldn't meet the king's ransom the Cavs wanted for their superstar guard.
"Before this trade, I felt the Cavs still had, by far, the premier team in the Eastern Conference and that they would return to the NBA Finals..." he said. So what does it mean for both teams? While most may hate trading Irving to the Cavaliers nearest competition in the East, they did receive exactly what they sought out to get- a veteran star, a solid role player, and a fantastic young player or pick.
It was also reported on 247 Sports that the Cavs can gain a lot from Isaiah Thomas and Crowder since the former can already be considered as an All-NBA performer while the latter is a plus-defender and a much-improved three-point shooter. That's not too bad at all. But the key is Crowder, a versatile player who defends multiple positions and shoots the three. This one can be debated. And it just seemed like the Cavs had that with LeBron & Irving.
James knows a little about fickle fans.
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Kyrie Irving dribbles during a Men's Gold Medal basketball match between Serbia and US at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016 during the Olympic Games. Remember, the Celtics grabbed Gordon Heyward too so while the Celtics will never be reminiscent of Bird/McHale/Parish or Garnett/Pierce/Allen, they have a trio that is fairly formidable of Irving/Heyward/Horford. "So that was one reason he thought Cleveland did not win the deal". So I don't really know if I can answer that question. And if James stays with the team, they can flip the 2018 first-round pick for another proven star or add a promising young rookie to their core.
Even though the Celtics parted ways with the Nets' pick, they still have the 2018 protected Lakers' pick they acquired from the Sixers in June as part of the trade up to No. 1 in the draft for Markelle Fultz. The deal would have sent Kyrie Irving to Golden State for Klay Thompson. However, they still are not better than the Cavaliers.
Irving, announced for the National Basketball Association 2K18 cover on June 1, was traded to the Boston Celtics yesterday. But it was definitely an interesting trade for sure.