The Cavaliers have reportedly agreed to trade troubled point guard Kyrie Irving to to Boston Celtics according to Shams Charania of the Vertical. In return the Cavs will receive Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first round pick.
Reports started surfacing around 6 PM Tuesday night that the two teams were close to a trade and by 7:21 PM the trade was reportedly complete.
Thomas led the Celtics to the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season while averaging 29 points and 6 assists and making his second straight All Game Team despite standing just 5’9.
Crowder averaged 14 points a game last season for the Celtics while starting 72 games. Zizic was drafted 23rd overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by Boston but played last season overseas.
Irving meantime had a career high 25 points a game last season in Cleveland and made a 3rd straight NBA Finals appearance. Irving had started 381 games for the Cavaliers since being draft #1 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, the same draft that Isaiah Thomas was the last player drafted.
“This trade needed to include both players and assets that we felt strongly could help us continue to compete for championships and we believe it does,” said Cavaliers General Manager Kobe Altman. “We look forward to Isaiah, Jae and Ante joining us and also felt that the unprotected first round pick in the deal was very important for us and our future as well.”
“On behalf of the entire franchise, I want to thank Kyrie Irving for the six impressive years he spent in Cleveland wearing the Cavaliers uniform,” said Cavaliers Chairman Dan Gilbert. “From the moment we won the 2011 NBA lottery that put us in position to draft Kyrie to the ‘The Shot’ that sealed our first NBA championship and all of the electrifying play that made him a joy to watch, ‘excitement’ was always in the air when it came to Kyrie Irving. We wish him and his family well as he moves on to the next phase of his NBA career.”
The Cavaliers open the 2017-2018 season at Quicken Loans Arena on October 17th against, you guessed it, the Boston Celtics.