Cavs, Celtics finalize trade of Irving, Thomas

The Cavaliers' trade of Kyrie Irving to the Celtics is complete, per a report.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics have finalized the trade that will send Kyrie Irving to Boston in return for Isaiah Thomas and others, according to a report from ESPN.

Along with Thomas, the Cavaliers will receive Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round draft pick.

The Celtics have added a 2020 second-round pick to complete the deal, ESPN reported. The new pick acquired by the Cavs originally belonged to the Miami Heat.

Cleveland had been trying to obtain a second first-round pick after learning Thomas’ injured hip may keep him out longer than expected.

But according to ESPN, “Boston would budge no more.”

The Cavs assumed the Celtics would surrender nothing beyond a second-rounder all along, but held off agreeing to complete the trade until 12 hours remained before it could be vetoed, league sources told Amico Hoops.

“These talks had become a game of chicken, with both teams risking the consequences of walking away on a deal that could have short and long-term consequences for both franchises,” ESPN reported.

Irving, 25, was the No. 1 overall pick in 2o11 and made the All-Star team each season. He and the Cavs reached the Finals for three straight years, but Irving reportedly grew weary of playing alongside mega-star LeBron James.

“I really think Koby Altman made a tremendous trade here, given the circumstances,’ former Cavs general manager David Griffin said in an interview with NBA TV. “When you’re trying to win a championship, there is no in between. You’re all the way with me, or you’re all the way against me.

“And I think this is a situation where Kyrie made it clear he had a goal that might not have jived with Cleveland’s. They made a deal that, even in the absence of Isaiah Thomas, is a tremendous collection of assets. ”

Thomas, 28, could miss four to six months after bypassing hip surgery immediately after the injury occurred in a playoff game against the Cavs in May. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Altman replaced Griffin after Griffin and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert decided to part ways in June.

Meanwhile, Irving will join Gordon Hayward as two key faces on a Celtics team that finished with the No. 1 seed in the East and advanced to the conference finals. The Cavs then defeated the Celtics in five games.

“Boston made a trade to get a piece that really could be a key for them — a 25-year old player in his prime, an NBA champion, an Olympic champion,” Griffin said. “He is really just starting to scratch the surface of who he can be.”

Griffin predicted the Cavs would continue to make deals well into the season to “continue to try to build the team,” as James also playing in the final year of his contract.

11 Comments on "Cavs, Celtics finalize trade of Irving, Thomas"

  1. great move by the cavs and altman. now we just have to wait for the pelicans to stink it up then add boogie for the pick and frye and shump. #warriorsbeater

  2. Adam Warlock | August 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm |

    Well, there it is. I have a bad feeling about IT’s injury blowing the whole year for him, so I guess we have to focus on the value of Crowder and the BKN pick. Also, Zack Lowe says the Cavs have no System and he is right. Let’s fire lazy Lue and bring in Jeff Van Gundy. It’s time to start practicing again and motivating this team to play defense. Lue reminds me of a high school substitute teacher: everybody goofs off under his direction.

    • What has Van Gundy ever won??? The Cavs played well under Lue consider the HORRIBLE off-season Griffin had last year. Let’s keep in prospective Griffin scrambled and keep adding pieces to the roster after January to make up for the mistake of adding Bird, Bumleavy and not adding a back-up PG to improve our roster. Plus JR held out and then was injured. Also, know we know Kyrie was not “ALL IN” with the team. Lue deserves TONS of credit for helping keep the ship afloat and getting us in order when the playoffs started. To say we didn’t have a system was not very bright by Lowe.

      • Adam Warlock | August 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm |

        VC, as for Van Gundy, back in 1999 he took the 8th seed Knicks to the Finals where they got killed by the Tim Duncan/David Robinson Spurs. Van Gundy is an excellent strategist who had those Knicks playing stifling defense. He would also be a fresh voice of leadership for the Cavs.

        You make good points about the Cavs regular season: it was indeed a hot mess of rotating parts, plagued by injuries and replacements. But Lue never had them practicing at all to develop cohesion. Remember those awful months of February and March? Yes, they pulled it together against the weak East, but remember how the Pacers almost beat them in the 1st round? The Bulls would have been a nightmare if Rondo didn’t go down.

        Lowe’s point was that the Cavs’ whole system is Lebron. Run it through Lebron. When Lebron sits, the team is just a bunch of non-cohesive parts. And in the Finals, the system was that Kyrie or Lebron would run down the clock and then take a horrible shot. They couldn’t even get the ball in Korver’s hands to get a shot off. No ball movement or team work on offense and they got totally exposed by the Warriors defense.

        Plus, I feel like Lue has peaked with this team, just like RJ, Swish, Shumpert and Frye. We need fresh blood, hungry guys to attack GSW.

        • Adam…… have to remember the Cavs were the oldest team in the NBA. Lue was purposeful in not holding a lot of practices. We saw our older roster look worn down and tired on may occasions in the second half of the season. If the Cavs win game three of the finals then the series could have been totally different. I am not in favor of a coaching change. There is a reason “Belky” is still in the announcing chair. Look how many coaching vacancies the league has experienced and he has not been hired for one yet. Lue has earned the right to come back and coach this team with two outstanding coaching jobs over the last two years considering the discontent we’ve now learned about in the locker room. Don’t look to him as a problem. Our offense was solid but considering the age of our bench and constant roster shuffle, he has done a really great coaching job.

          • Adam Warlock | August 31, 2017 at 7:26 pm |

            Alright, VC, I will try to keep an open mind about Lue. Hopefully, with the new guys, we will get a better result. We still need to adjust to the Warriors’ overwhelming talent. I mean, even TT got totally manhandled by Pachulia in the Finals. Love could not finish on offense at all, as if the Warriors got in his head. And that’s 2 years in a row now. Is Love going to be more confident this year? And I know people don’t like Boogie Cousins, but I think he is the strongest center in the league and the only player who can kick Draymond Green’s ass. Plus we desperately need interior defense and toughness. Boogie could be our Rasheed Wallace if Lebron get somewhat keep him in line.

  3. The Cavs championship run is now over. It was fun while it lasted.

  4. Mighty Mouse’s health will determine how good this trade is. If he does not play and make an impact in the playoffs than this is a poor trade. The top goals are a championship in 2018 and keeping LBJ. IT not playing will greatly hamper that unless that picks gets a young game changer in here this year. Time will tell.

  5. I guess none of this really matters. The only way the Warriors don’t win the title again is if a meteor hits the earth.

  6. Lets not forget IT will be motivated to play and play very well,especially in a contract year.

  7. Here is what I would do if I am Koby. If IT can’t play this year I would approach him with a 3 year deal worth $30 million with an ETO after year 1. This way he would get a $4 million raise even though he didn’t play and have a 1 year show me deal. However, if his injury proves to completely take away his viability in the NBA, he could opt in to the last 2 years for a $20 million insurance policy. That way Cavs get IT at a bargin rate in a show me year and IT has insurance if his game is not the same because of the injury.

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