Grading the Kyrie Irving - Isaiah Thomas trade

02 September, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving

In a four-minute video posted on his Instagram account Thursday, Kyrie Irving thanked Cavaliers fans and his former teammates, but never mentioned LeBron James by name.

The Cavs had better odds of defeating the Warriors with Irving on their side, but he's gone now. New Cavs general manager Koby Altman pulled it off by sending the team's second-best player to the Celtics for Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and an unconditional first-round pick next year. On Wednesday, the Celtics added the Miami Heat's 2020 second-round selection to get the Cavs to sign off on the deal after concerns arose over the torn labrum in Thomas' right hip.

Irving explained some of the reasons that sparked his trade request, including making the NBA Finals three years and earning a championship in Cleveland.

In his video, Irving thanked owner Dan Gilbert and Cleveland's ownership group, who took him at No 1 in 2011 after he played in just 11 games at Duke because of injury. "It was more or less about creating that foundation of me in Cleveland, and then, now, taking this next step as a 25-year-old evolving man and being the best basketball player I can be".

So, with new doubt surrounding the deal, Irving suddenly seems to be up for grabs again-or so the Milwaukee Bucks assume, anyway.

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But even as he waited for the Cavaliers to make a decision, it seemed pretty clear that being pursued by Danny Ainge was impactful to Irving.

"No, I haven't spoken to him", Irving said, as reported by ESPN.

"There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career", Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday.

"I love all you guys' support and all you guys' love over the course of the amount of years I was in Cleveland". He also addressed the LeBron issue saying, "I still haven't talked to him", before saying "I have the chance to play with one of the greats and it was incredible". I don't want to dive into it, but I didn't say anything purposefully because that's not the real life I live in, in terms of what you want, what this guy wants and what you can and can't do. Isaiah Thomas is is a two-time NBA All-Star who made the All-NBA Second-Team last season. To be able to share those moments, with just everyone in Cleveland and everyone in OH, and doing something that was just an unbelievable experience for all of us.

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