Just over a month after his trade demand became public, Kyrie Irving got his wish. The Cleveland Cavaliers traded their all-star point guard to Boston, for another all-star guard--Isaiah Thomas, reserve forward Jae Crowder, young big man Ante Zizic and a protected first round pick in the 2018 NBA draft.
Irving, who hit the biggest shot in Cavs history--the go-ahead 3-pointer in game seven of the 2016 Finals against the Warriors, let it be known he wanted out of LeBron James shadow. Reports have circulated over the last month of a frosty relationship between James and Irving. It was also reported that Irving had given both James and the Cavaliers organization the silent treatment, refusing to take their phone calls. Whether those reports were true or not, James, the Cavs and owner Dan Gilbert handled Irving's official department with class Tuesday night.
A big THANK YOU from the entire organization & we wish you well in the next chapter of your career. pic.twitter.com/7PDqLJgMQ9— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) August 23, 2017
From Dan Gilbert's statement: "'Excitement' was always in the air when it came to Kyrie Irving." ... Other words apply to this summer though— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 23, 2017