NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers Deal of Kyrie Irving Will Help In 2018

The biggest blockbuster of the NBA offseason has just gone down. Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, two of the top three point guards in the Eastern Conference, are changing teams, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics have agreed to trade the two All-Star point guards.

The terms of the trade are as follows:

Cavaliers Get: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s 2018 first round pick (owned by Boston)

Celtics Get: Kyrie Irving

There are differences between the two players, of course, but their overall games are strikingly similar. That’s the biggest takeaway from the trade stunner from a league that keeps us watching all 12 months of the year.

Once Irving demanded a trade, everyone knows that Cleveland’s hands were tied. On one hand, they had a big time asset that is still only 25 with two years left on his deal. With the entire league knowing that the Cavaliers would have to trade him, it supposedly depreciated his value.

It ended up not being the case in getting back a player as good as Thomas. It was reported that they wanted one budding young player, one solid veteran, and a first round draft pick. The Thomas, Crowder and Zizic haul is as close to that as possible. Thomas is the star, Crowder is the veteran, and Zizic is basically a first rounder, preparing for his rookie year in the league.

Cleveland’s immediate future is in the air. The rumors keep swirling that LeBron James could leave the Cavaliers next summer when he becomes a free agent. However, it is starting to look as pretty good that a  return to his hometown may be in the cards. Cleveland maybe just got better. If Thomas and Irving are similar players, then adding Crowder clearly gives the Cavaliers the edge.

The Cavaliers, at the very least, essentially got the stash they desired when they set out to trade Irving. That’s all they really could ask, and in the short term, may have given them the edge for 2018 to make it a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

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