By ANTHONY PALOMINO
Over the course of the summer, there have been many rumors of Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving wanting to leave Cleveland. Irving’s choices included the Timberwolves, Knicks, the Spurs, or the Heat. Eventually, Irving was bound for the Boston Celtics.
On Aug. 30, 2017, in exchange for Kyrie Irving, the Celtics give away “Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick,” according to http://www.NBA.com.
Irving’s reason for leaving Cleveland has been rumored of the 25 year old’s dislike of being second to LeBron James. However, in a recent interview, Kyrie explained the real reason of his departure. “Me leaving there wasn’t about basketball,” Irving said. “It was my time to do what was best for me in terms of my intentions and that’s going after something bigger than myself and obviously being in an environment that’s conducive for my potential.” When asked about LeBron, Irving replied,“I’d be telling you guys a lie if I didn’t tell you how much I learned from that guy.” Irving also referred to LeBron as being one of the “greats.”
Many fans wonder who actually won this trade. The Celtics lost their valuable assets for Irving, though Irving is a force to be reckoned as he is a seasoned basketball player who has won the NBA championship. Although the Celtics have Irving, according to sports fans and writers like Russ Bengston, the Cavs ultimately “won” this trade by receiving “Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick—a pick Celtics GM Danny Ainge had seemed loathe to give up for anything.” In addition, the Cavs are receiving “an All-Star still in his prime [Thomas] and a valuable building block in Crowder.”