League sources told ESPN that Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics engaged in serious trade talks which would be centered on Kyrie Irving. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski shared the news on his Twitter account.
Cleveland and Boston have moved into serious talks on a trade centered on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017
Furthermore, league sources also told the Vertical that Celtics’ guard Isaiah Thomas and small forward Jae Crowder are also part of the trade talks. This was reported by The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Sources: Cleveland, Boston seriously discussing Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas deal, expected to include Jae Crowder. https://t.co/kvXwf60oBN
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2017
Celtics were mentioned before as one of the potential destinations for Irving, mostly because they have the most assets to offer than any other team in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how does this plays out since Boston Celtics are probably the only team in the Eastern Conference that has a chance to challenge Cavaliers on the way to their 4th NBA Finals in a row.
As you may know, it has been several weeks since Kyrie Irving’s trade request was made public. The reasons were never made clear to the public by Kyrie but well-informed sources say that he is tired of being under the shadow of LeBron James and also feels underappreciated by the Cavaliers. While many believe he wants his own team, where he would be the biggest star, that may not be entirely true.
In his trade request, he told the Cavaliers that some of his preferred teams are Minnesota Timberwolves and San Antonio Spurs. Both teams already have superstars in Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard respectively, so it looks like Kyrie just got tired of playing with James. Of course, since Irving has 2 years left on his contract, he doesn’t get much say when it comes to the destination Cavaliers will send him. Somehow, he still remained part of the Cavaliers, with most of the teams unwilling to give up major assets for him. Boston obviously isn’t one of them.