Shocking Trade Sees Cavaliers Sending Kyrie Irving to Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and Other Assets

In a surprising trade, Cleveland Cavaliers sent Kyrie Irving to Boston Celtics, while acquiring Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Brooklyn Nets 2018 draft pick.

Isaiah Thomas (4) shoots a lay up against Western Conference center Marc Gasol (33). Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8413777cd)

Recently, we brought you news that there is serious trade talk between Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics centered on Kyrie Irving. Both teams confirmed that the talks ended successfully. Celtics got Kyrie Irving while sending Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 unprotected first round pick to Cavaliers. LeBron James went on Twitter after the trade was announced saying the following:

This is a surprising trade by all means. Not because Kyrie Irving got traded, but because of the package that Cleveland Cavaliers got for him. You could argue that they got best of the situation, being secured for both the present and the future. In Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, they got players who can help the team right away, making them almost equally equipped for the title hunt as they were with Kyrie. Isaiah Thomas had an excellent season being an MVP contender while with Jae Crowder Cavs finally got a good 3-point shooter who can defend. On the other hand, Ante Zizic is a promising young talent, and the Nets 2018 pick will most certainly end up in the lottery, allowing them to draft another talented player next year. Even if LeBron James bails on Cleveland, and decides not to extend his contract, they will still have something to look forward in the future.

Celtics finally decided to gamble and not play the waiting game like before. They were reluctant to part with their many assets in the past, missing out on Paul George and Jimmy Butler. Now, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge pulled the trigger and decided that Kyrie Irving is the player that could help them get on the top and finally battle Cleveland Cavaliers for the place in the NBA Finals. One thing is for sure, we are in for another exciting NBA season.