Some are calling it the biggest move of the Summer as Kyrie Irving is going to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 first round pick. So let’s break down this trade with who won and who loss.
Cleveland still has Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, Derrick Rose, Tristan Thompson and oh and this guy named LeBron James. Adding Thomas, Crowder and Zizic only enhances their chances of going to a fourth straight NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers needed a bench guy who could be a good two-way player such as Crowder and Thomas is a smaller version of Kyrie, although he is older and is coming off a hip injury, he brings a tenacity and killer mentality that was there with Kyrie. Zizic who is a 6’11 big man, who could inevitably help out off the bench, which was needed at the center position last season for the Cavaliers.
Irving brings experience, a championship and longevity to the Celtics. The Celtics off-season moves were grabbing Jayson Tatum in the draft, recruiting Gordon Hayward from Utah and picking up Marcus Morris in free-agency, who could replace Crowder.
In both teams’ situations they added, but the Cavaliers got the best of the Celtics in five games last year in the Eastern Conference Finals. With adding the likes of Thomas and Crowder only enhances their chances of running away with the East again. Irving, who is a top 10-point guard in the NBA, pushes the Celtics closer to contending for the East, but in-season moves will need to be made in order to contend.
Overall this was the best trade out there in order for Irving to leave Cleveland as requested.