Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said he believes the Kyrie Irving trade with the Boston Celtics was a good deal for both teams.
“Once a player expresses his desire to leave then it doesn’t really serve anyone well to make him stay beyond, of course, contractual obligations and whether it is possible to find a solution that benefits both teams,” Blatt said in an exclusive interview with EuroHoops.net.
“So in my mind, Cleveland was able to make a very good deal and Boston is obviously gaining a very high-quality player, so this should be a win-win for everyone, including Kyrie because he now has the chance to do and to be what he says he wants to be. I’m looking forward to seeing how that plays out. It will be very, very interesting and I think it’s going to serve both teams well, particularly if Isaiah Thomas comes back healthy.”
Blatt has coached in the NBA for just one season, guiding Irving, LeBron James and the Cavs to the Finals in 2014-15. But Irving and Kevin Love were injured, and the Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors.
Today, Blatt is entering his second year as coach of Turkish club Darussafaka.
But one season with the Cavs was enough for Blatt to understand Irving is a dazzling and dynamic point guard.
“Now we are going to find out if he has the type of personality and character to be in the position that Boston is going to put him in, and that, of course, is to lead the team in every respect,” Blatt told EuroHoops.net.
“This is also, in my mind, the main reason Kyrie wanted it. He wanted this challenge, he wanted to test himself and see if indeed he can be that kind of player and be that kind of person. So, I wish him well with that, and this year will teach us a lot about him and about what he can do.”
Along with discussing the Irving trade, Blatt told EuroHoops that his goal is to return to the NBA next season.