Kyrie Irving Traded to the Celtics
There’s been another blockbuster transaction in the NBA. Last night the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 1st round pick.
Celtics president Danny Ainge said that it was tough having to part ways with Thomas and Crowder but it was also very exciting to get, “One of the best offensive players in the league”. According to Ainge, Kyrie is excited to be a Celtic, but he’ll be wearing #11 in Boston because #2 has been retired by the Celtics for Red Auerbach. As for LeBron James, sources have been saying he’s been working harder than ever during his offseason workouts. James also went to twitter to let the world know that he had, “Nothing but respect” for Irving.
In my opinion, this trade really changes how the Eastern Conference playoffs will go. After last season, I was convinced the only way the Celtics would be able to make it to the finals was if they parted ways with Thomas. While he was the heart of their team, being 5’9 doesn’t bode well defensively against the likes of Irving, John Wall and other point guards in the east who are all over 6’0. With that being said, I don’t think Thomas and Irving are the biggest pieces of the puzzle when it comes to deciding who will represent the Eastern Conference in the finals. I believe the biggest piece of this trade was Jae Crowder. When the playoffs come around LeBron is going to average damn near a triple double, and there’s not much anyone in the NBA can do about it. Crowder though, stands at 6’6 240 lbs. and is probably one of the best matchups to guard James. The Celtics have now lost that piece and I’m sure LeBron will be bullying Gordon Hayward in the post come playoff time. The 2nd biggest piece of the puzzle is none other than Celtics Head Coach, Brad Stevens. As many saw in Game 3 of this past year’s Eastern Conference Finals, Stevens’ system and play call was phenomenal and helped the Celtics get their one win even with Thomas sidelined. I think Stevens’ coaching combined with the fact that the Cavs won’t be able to hide Thomas defensively, will even the playing field. I think that we’ll see a much more competitive matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals next year and might even see the Celtics take down the Cavs next year in 6 games. That’s right, you heard it here first