Celtics acquire Kyrie Irving in blockbuster deal

Celtics acquire Kyrie Irving in blockbuster deal

Celtics acquire Kyrie Irving in blockbuster deal

With how things ended between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving, plenty could have been said (or not said) by current Cavaliers players, coaches, and members of the front office following the announcement that Uncle Drew had been traded to the Boston Celtics.

In 2017, Irving averaged 25.2 points per game, his highest career points average.

Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft while Thomas was the last pick, 60th, in the same draft. The main focus for the trade was to move away from Lebron James as their relation has gotten worst as of late due to Kyrie's urge to be the number one option on a team. Thomas is a diminutive 28-year-old, and the Celtics would likely have been uncertain about giving a max contract to a player who is likely nearing the end of his prime.

It was unclear if Ainge meant that Thomas would not be ready when the Cavs open training camp on September 26 or if he wouldn't be in uniform when Cleveland hosts Irving and the Celtics in the season opener October 17.

The Cavaliers have made it to the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons, beating Golden State once and losing on two other occasions. Isaiah Thomas will now make his way to northeast OH, ripping him away from a Boston team he was committed to like few other stars around the league.

Though the Celtics gave up a fortune in order to get Kyrie, the price will be justified if they can accomplish what no team in the East has been able to do since 2009, which is keep a LeBron James-led team out of the NBA Finals.

The majority of fans were upset over the loss of Thomas, who energized the Celtics for two seasons. 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 National Basketball Association championship.

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.

Irving, who played a single, injury-limited college season at Duke, requested a trade off the Cavs' roster, despite that franchise advancing to the NBA Finals each of the past three post-seasons. But, the Celtics are actually better off in the long term. I, also, did not expect Boston to enter this trade discussion.

For the Celtics, it seems like it keeps them in 2nd place of the Eastern conference for another year.

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