The Celtics and Cavaliers made a blockbuster deal. The Celtics sent point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 1st round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And in exchange, Cleveland sent their star point guard, Kyrie Irving, to the Boston Celtics. The deal that shocked a lot of people had been completed and instantly people argued over who got the better of the deal. Lost in all that, people were burning Isaiah Thomas’ journey like he had control of that trade that happened and Kyrie Irving finally got out of Cleveland like he wanted. Well, there seems to be a holdup on the completion of that trade. Cleveland examined the injured hip of Thomas and apparently things were not as satisfactory as they thought it would be. In fact, it was rumored that Thomas may not even be ready for the start of the season. So with that being said, the deal is not complete as of yet. Cleveland is asking for more compensation for taking on Thomas with the injury and reportedly they want either Jaylen Brown or Jason Tatum, with whom the Celtics are not very fond of getting rid of. Both Cleveland and Boston find themselves in between a rock and a hard place with this one and some decisions have to be made before this whole thing is voided and Irving, Crowder, Thomas and Antic are all returned to their teams. If that were to happen, you could only imagine the feelings that were there. If this whole thing is voided, then you have to wonder how this affects the two stars in this, Thomas and Irving.
In Boston, Isaiah Thomas was beloved. He first arrived from Phoenix and was a bench player for them at that time, helping them get buckets in the playoffs. As of last year though, he had morphed into one of the most dynamic scorers in the game. Thomas finished third in the NBA in scoring and he endeared himself to the crowd, coming out and playing after his sister very recently passed away. So imagine his surprise that he was being shipped out of town in favor of Kyrie Irving. The same guy that helped recruit free agents there was no longer a Boston Celtic but now a Cleveland Cavalier. Before the paint was able to dry though, the trade has reached the state that it is in now, causing Thomas to now know where he goes next. If he ultimately does have to go back to Boston, he may have a certain way he feels about the Celtics. This is the organization that traded him away like he was nothing. Along with that, the place had to have a family feel to it for him. With that trade, that essentially hurt Thomas’ feelings and going back there after that happened would be something that would not make him feel good at all.
Kyrie Irving thought that he finally would be heading somewhere that would be good for him. He made it clear that he did not want to be a teammate of LeBron James anymore and that he was looking for a new beginning. The trade of Irving to Boston netted the Cavs a good haul, but it also took away their clutch shot-maker. Well, now that he has not moved anywhere just yet, we get closer and closer to awkwardness. Irving and LeBron James are the stars of the team (if they come into training camp together) and you know there is some tension there at this time. Along with the tension there, those that care for both that have been put in the middle of an issue. All things being said, Irving and the team will be the ones to really have to figure this one out. Both have reportedly not really talked or hung out this off season and that is more than likely by design. Their beef does seem to be pretty bad, but the good thing about any of this is that Kyrie requested a trade, unlike what Isaiah Thomas did. Kyrie and LeBron more than likely could smooth it over for one season and other teammates will follow if they had to do so.
Instead of debating who will be better this year, we are now debating if the trade is even going to happen. At some point, that data is out there and is up to everyone to find out. Also, if it is voided, it will be interesting to see who blinks first in this NBA version of Chicken. Cleveland and Boston have some pressure to get this deal done.
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