The Boston Celtics have acquired All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
Jeff Goodman of ESPN is reporting the deal is done and official. The trade finally adds closure to the trade request Irving shockingly made in Mid-July. Irving joins the Celtics with Gordon Hayward who signed as a free agent this summer.
Thomas is recovering from hip surgery this off-season and entering his final year under contract. The Cavaliers will have to make a decision on LeBron James and Thomas at the end of the 2018 season. With the speculation of James booking it to Los Angeles the 2018 unprotected first-round pick can favor Cleveland achieving a top draft pick to recoup the loss of its superstars.
The Celtics and Cavaliers will open the season in Cleveland on Oct. 17.
Source: Jeff Goodman of ESPN