Boston Celtics, Cavaliers finally reach agreement on Irving-Thomas deal

BOSTON, MA - MAY 19: Kyrie Irving
BOSTON, MA - MAY 19: Kyrie Irving /

Cleveland and Boston have finally reached an agreement to send Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, and Isaiah Thomas to Cavaliers.

The saga is over!  I honestly feel like I aged by 30 years guys, what a mess of a situation.  In the end of this annoying standoff, the Cavaliers didn’t come out with much.  The overall package as it stands from the Celtics is Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, 2018 Brooklyn Nets first round pick, and 2020 second round pick via Miami.  We had an eight day stand off for a 2020 second round pick.

Poor Isaiah Thomas got dragged through the mud, his reputation completely ruined.  Oh and the Cavs?  They did themselves no favors.  But, let’s move on shall we?  It’s so hard to say goodbye the Isaiah Thomas, he embraced Boston and Boston loved him.  However, this is a business and the necessary decisions are never easy.

But to Isaiah Thomas, I and all of Boston say thank you.  Thank you for putting the swagger back into the Celtics, we’ll be rooting for your success (just not against the Celtics.)

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Jae Crowder will be a good piece for Cleveland, Zizic has potential, and that 2018 Nets pick has real value.

Let’s not forget what the Celtics received

Kyrie Irving is a phenomenal basketball player, and he’s only 25.  There’s a perception he can’t lead a team, but before LeBron went back to the Cavs, Cleveland was atrocious and Kyrie was only just getting started.

Kyrie had a carousel of coaches and systems in Cleveland. I firmly believe under Coach Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving can break out.  He’s going to be better defensively, because with Kyrie it’s more about effort than anything.  He’s going to be pushed by the Boston coaching staff, and by his teammates as well.

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I’ve watched some Irving highlights lately, and one thing I’ve noticed is that Kyrie has some nice passing ability.  He’s not known as a passing point guard, but that could be a part of his game that we see elevate in Boston.

Can the season start now?