Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's first round pick next year.
This was a very even trade. The Celtics received Irving, a player with championship experience, and a player who can create a shot whenever he wants. Irving is arguably a top 10 player in the NBA.
The Celtics are now a top two team in the East, and will battle with Cleveland for a birth to the NBA Finals. Irving will play along side the overrated Gordon Hayward, consistent but not great Al Horford, and the two young guns Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown.
This is not enough to dethrone the King. The Cleveland Cavaliers will beat the Celtics in six games in next year's Eastern Conference Finals.
Lebron James will win the MVP next year, and elevate his teammates' games tremendously.
The new look Cavs give James a solid all around team once again. Thomas, James, and Love seem to be a very good big three. The Cavs also signed Jeff Green and Derrick Rose in free agency, two players who are no scrubs by any means.
Crowder, who was apart of the deal, offers the Cavs a very good D and three player who will make a difference against a team like the Warriors.
The Cavs will most likely attain a top 10 pick next year as well.
As of right now, the Cavs will not beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals, which makes me believe the Cavs are not done making deals.
There is no question that Irving is better than Thomas, but because James is so dominant the trade has no effect on the Cavs repeating as Eastern Conference Champs.
Thomas must step up his defense if the Cavs want to win a championship.
Cavs-Celtics is the new Thunder-Warriors. Irving asked for this, he wanted to be the man. Now Irving has a chance to go head to head with his former teammate, James. The games will be so full of emotion, but expect the Cavs and James to cake walk through the East once again.
Maybe the Cavs will keep Thomas and trade the rest of their new pieces for Carmelo Anthony.
Going into this season, the trade is even, but James and Thomas will both be free agents after this year, if they both leave the Cavs still have a top 10 pick and the Celtics still have Irving for a year after next.
All Lebron saw Kyrie as was a scorer, last year he called for a playmaker. He sees Thomas replacing Irving's scoring, a play maker in Dwayne Wade, and considerably deeper team than the one who lost in five games to the Warriors.
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