Tonight’s NBA megadeal is now official. Moments ago, the Celtics announced the acquisition of all-star Kyrie Irving.
Cleveland are dealing Irving to Boston, the team it beat in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, in return for all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas, versatile wing Jae Crowder, 20-year old Croatian seven-footer Ante Žižić, and the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected 2018 first round pick.
The news was first broken by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, and quickly confirmed by others at the Worldwide Leader, and The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Now, the C’s have made it official:
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017
From the Celtics’ release:
“Kyrie is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He has proven that on the biggest stage, the NBA Finals, the last three years,” said Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. “He’s been an NBA Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and a four-time All-Star. For all he’s accomplished, we think his best years are ahead of him.”
“Isaiah and Jae have been a huge part of our success,” said Celtics Co-Owner and Governing Partner Wyc Grousbeck. “Isaiah’s playoff performance under very difficult circumstances will live on in history, and we wish them all the best.”
Boston gives up a pretty sizable package for Irving, but gains an elite scoring guard who has proven to be clutch in the sport’s biggest moments. Despite being famously taken in the same draft class, Irving is also nearly four years younger than Thomas, his primary counterpart in this trade, and has two years left on his deal.
This is truly a massive, incredibly interesting trade, made even more fun by the fact that the Cavaliers and Celtics play each other on opening night. Keep your schedules open for October 17, everyone.