You should have heard by now that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics agreed to a trade Tuesday evening that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston and Isaiah Thomas to the Cavs. Along with Thomas, Cleveland received Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 first round pick. The Celtics get the opportunity to convince Irving to hang around and sign another contract with the franchise and take more shots at winning an NBA championship. So naturally after a trade like this goes down fans of all teams want to know… Who won?
There are several ways to look at this trade, but I will say on the surface that Boston got the best deal.
The Celtics receive an All Star point guard looking to make a name for himself and lead a team that he can call his own to a championship. With all of the moves that Boston has made this off-season, bringing in Kyrie may have put them over the top and ahead of the Cavaliers. Irving has two years left on his contract and with Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum all on board, this young team can make noise for a long time in the Eastern Conference.
On top of the young talent, Boston still has Al Horford and recently added Marcus Morris, and these two guys will be the base of what goes on for the Celtics around the basket.
Cleveland gets a small scorer with a huge heart when it comes to Thomas. The question will be if he can play off the ball and put up points with the ball being in LeBron James’ hands?
Adding Jae Crowder to the mix makes things interesting for the Cavs because he fits the “Three and D” wing player that they needed during the NBA Finals last season. Adding Crowder, though, now means that Cleveland may need to get rid of either J.R. Smith or Iman Shumpert.
It will be interesting because Cleveland may package one of those guys and the pick that they received in the deal to try to land some help around the trade deadline during the season. I would also like to see what happens if Dwyane Wade is able to force Chicago to buy out his contract and again team up with The King in Cleveland.
If all of that goes down for the Cavaliers, we may have to revisit this trade and tell who won in hindsight; but for now I tip my cap again to Danny Ainge. He has, again, pulled off a move to get his franchise moving with a championship purpose.