Sick of playing in Lebron’s shadow, Kyrie Irving shocked the sport’s world this summer when he requested a trade from the Cavaliers. After going through offers, the Cavaliers dealt Irving to the conference rival Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first round draft pick.
Coming up on three months on the season now, Kyrie Irving has dazzled in Boston leading them to first in the standings in the Eastern Conference. Isaiah Thomas impressed in his Cavs debut the other night after being out most of the season with a hip injury.
On who won the trade, it is hard to determine. The Celtics received a magnificent young point guard with a championship under his belt. The Cavaliers got in exchange an all star point guard and a great role playing forward in Jae Crowder.
The Celtics seem to be overachieving after their fresh acquisition Gordon Hayward went down in his very first game as a Celtic. With Kyrie Irving leading the way to the first seed in the Eastern Conference it looks as if the Celtics got the better of the deal.
On the other hand, the Cavs added much needed depth to their roster. Jae Crowder is a great backup for when James isn’t on the floor but can even play the stretch four. The Cavaliers are still third in the Eastern Conference with Thomas returning only the other night.
Both teams acquired what they needed and it looks like a win-win on both ends. But with Lebron James still leading the charge in Cleveland, the Cavaliers are still the better team and will make it to theirfourth straight finals.
The difference this year with Cleveland that will give them a shot against the Warriors is that they added to their bench. As well as receiving Thomas and Crowder, the Cavaliers also acquired Jeff Green, Dwyane Wade, Jose Calderon and Derrick Rose this off season.
In the past three postseasons for Cleveland they lacked depth which affected the starter’s stamina and hurt the team when their poor bench was on the floor. This trade and their free agent signings reinforced their roster which will aid them in the regular season as well as in the playoffs.
The Celtics will most likely meet the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals for a second straight year. Even if they get Gordon Hayward back, he still probably won’t be enough to help the Celtics take down Lebron and the Cavs.
Yes, the Thomas and Irving trade benefited both sides immensely. Unfortunately for the folks back in Boston there is only so much hope they can have to take down the four time MVP in the playoffs. Since the Cavaliers bolstered their lineup for their finals run, they circumstantially win this trade.