Cavs called Warriors about potential Kyrie Irving-for-Klay Thompson proposal

25 August, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • LeBron James and Kyrie Irving appear to be on their way out of Cleveland in a span of one year

The Boston Celtics resisted moving rookie forward Jayson Tatum to the Cleveland Cavaliers before pulling the trigger on a Kyrie Irving trade, per reports.

For the first time in league history, a trade occurred between two teams that had met in either the conference or NBA Finals last season.

Two days after the Cavaliers-Celtics trade, James blasted Boston fans who weren't sending Thomas off right, as all the rage these days is to set jerseys ablaze after a player leaves a team.

FS1's Chris Broussard reported Wednesday Isaiah Thomas didn't get along with his teammates in Boston. But the key is Crowder, a versatile player who defends multiple positions and shoots the three. But with term left on his deal, a younger age of 4 years, and growth potential, Irving over Thomas is a smart pick in terms of the future.

But does the Irving acquisition put the Celtics over the top?

James retweeted Hartman's note with a message of his own, thanking Irving for his time in Cleveland.

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"If Dwyane is healthy and he and LeBron are playing great together and they go on this insane playoff run, that matters", he added, referring to James' decision on whether to stay at the Cavs next summer.

Kyrie Irving dribbles during a Men's Gold Medal basketball match between Serbia and U.S. at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016 during the Olympic Games.

Speaking of Golden State, the Warriors are -160 money line favorites to repeat as NBA Finals champions this upcoming season. On top of that, the 2018 pick from the Nets could easily end up being a top three selection in a talented class.

Had the Celtics not moved down and gained that protected Lakers-or-Kings pick from the 76ers, maybe they'd have considered the 2018 Brooklyn pick less expendable.

Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas stands by himself during team introductions before a first-round NBA playoff basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Boston. According to Broussard, Irving's request to get out of Cleveland was more about his desire to control the ball than anything else. "[The Celtics] want to win the whole thing, and the move to get Kyrie is basically ownership and [general manager] Danny [Ainge] saying to fans, 'we're going to try to win this thing now, get on board, '" CBS Boston reported.

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