Cavaliers Get Additional 2nd round Pick from Celtics and Finalize Kyrie Irving Trade

Boston Celtics sent 2020 second-round draft pick in addition to Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick to Cleveland Cavaliers and finalized trade for Kyrie Irving.

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Although there were certain doubts that the trade between Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving could collapse, everything was finalized on Thursday. ESPN reported that Celtics added 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat to the package already containing Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick. This was enough for the Cavaliers to complete the trade. Celtics didn’t lose time, and immediately organized a press conference on Friday where they introduced Kyrie Irving alongside free agency signing Gordon Hayward.

I can’t wait to get on the floor and maximize my potential. I just want to be around those incredible coaches and those incredible minds and those incredible individuals, and I feel like in doing that, Boston came right at the exact time and it was meant to be that way. I trust in that, and I’m glad to be here.” – Irving said at the press conference.

The almost done deal between the Cavaliers and Celtics came in danger after Isaiah Thomas underwent his medical in Cleveland. The medical caused further concerns about his hip injury and Cavaliers felt Boston wasn’t fully transparent about it previous to making the deal. Although there were some reports about Cavaliers asking for a young star like Jayson Tatum to be added to the deal or another first round pick, at the end, they had to satisfy themselves with a second rounder.

The trade between the Celtics and Cavaliers will bring some entertainment to the traditionally uneventful Eastern Conference, but the majority of the analysts consider that Boston Celtic are not that close to challenging the Cavs for the spot in the NBA Finals. For a year, Cleveland will be, if not better, at least as good as they were last season if Isaiah Thomas gets recovered as planned and continues with performances he put up in Boston last season. Jae Crowder will bring a stability in the defense, while Brooklyn Nets pick sets Cleveland for the future in case James decides to go. If he decides to stay, the pick can be used to lure another star to Cleveland in attempt to put an end to the reign of the Warriors.