Latest NBA reports claimed that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics had already reached an agreement which reports called as a blockbuster deal. It was reported that Cavs agreed to deal Kyrie Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, Jae Crowder, and the team's unprotected 2018 first-round pick.
According to Sports Illustrated, the said deal first came out in ESPN with details from Jeff Goodman then it was in another publication that Cavs and Boston had already agreed to the deal. Lebron James reportedly took on his social media account the opportunity to thank Irving for having him in the Cavs and for an important part of the team.
It can be recalled that last July 21, reports of Irving's trade request was first revealed and circulated in the sports world particularly in the league. A lot of NBA fans got surprised since the team had been to three consecutive finals with him in the team. Since this request, it was claimed that the Cavs have in fact discussed deals with several teams and these included the Knicks and the Suns. But just last Tuesday night, Irving reportedly agreed to head to Boston Celtics.
Aside from the shocking Irving's trade request, some sports analysts also claimed that this deal involving Kyrie and Thomas can already be considered as one of the most surprising and impactful trades in the history of NBA. It can be recalled that Boston became the top-seed last season in the Eastern Conference while Cleveland was at the No.2 seed. However, the Cavs ended up beating the Celtics by defeating them in the Eastern Conference Finals just last season.
It was also reported on 247 Sports that the Cavs can gain a lot from Isaiah Thomas and Crowder since the former can already be considered as an All-NBA performer while the latter is a plus-defender and a much-improved three-point shooter. They will play key roles to help the team win in the next season.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics just acquired one of the best offensive players in NBA who is just beginning to enter his prime. Moreover, one reason the Cavs gave Irving up was that of his contract situation as he has two years left with a player-option for the 2019-20 season.