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Cavs trade Kyrie Irving to Boston for package including Isaiah Thomas and Nets 2018 draft pick

Update August 30, 10:40 p.m.: After eight days of additional talks, the deal looks to officially be official. With Isaiah Thomas’ status for the upcoming season in question due to his hip injury, the Cavs were seeking additional assets from the Celtics. Although they wanted another first-round pick added to the deal, they settled on a 2020 second-round pick (from Miami), per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

With Boston agreeing to send the additional pick to Cleveland, the deal can now go through. The two teams had until 10 a.m. ET Thursday to agree on a deal or else the trade would have been voided.

Update 7:40 p.m.: The Cleveland Cavaliers have officially traded point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for a package deal that includes All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, Center Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick. The Cavs and Celtics will open the 2017-18 NBA season on October 17.

The moment Kyrie Irving asked for a trade, many seemed to think that the Boston Celtics would be the perfect match for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Boston has the veteran talent and young players, who could potentially become stars, along with draft assets that are exactly what the Cavs are looking for in exchange for their star point guard. Cleveland wants a veteran that can make an immediate impact, a rookie or second-year player who has the potential to be a future star, and a handful of first round picks, something that only a few teams even have around the NBA, the Celtics being one of those teams.

What would make it even harder for the trade to occur is the fact that the Cavs and Celtics are the East’s two best teams heading into the 2017-18 season, one season after the two met in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston is arguably the only team that has a shot at beating Cleveland in a seven-game series. Why would the Cavs trade their star point guard to a team that they will potentially go against in the Eastern Conference Finals next summer? Well, a month and one day after the trade request, it seems as though the wine and gold are engaged in serious trade talks with Boston that involve Irving going to the Celtics for point guard Isaiah Thomas, along with other players and draft picks, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

While the details are still unfolding, it seems as though the Cavs may possibly acquire small forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, and multiple picks in the deal, along with Thomas. Keep in mind, Boston currently has the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected first round pick and Los Angeles Lakers first rounder (1 and 6-30 protected) in 20181. The Nets are arguably the worst team in the NBA, so if that is the case, their pick will have the best chance to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft.

Crowder isn’t a star, but he is a serviceable forward that would not only give the Cavs more depth and versatility in the frontcourt, but the veteran would be a nice addition to Cleveland’s bench unit as well. He can also defend a number of positions, which is always a plus.

Zizic, while many average fans may not have ever heard of him, was drafted with the 23rd-overall pick by the Celtics in 2016. He then spent a year over the pond in the EuroLeague, but signed with Boston this offseason. The 6-foot-11 big man dominated his way through the world’s second-best basketball league during his one year in the EuroLeague.

  1. According to RealGM. []