Report: Cavaliers originally wanted another Celtics player as part of Kyrie Irving trade

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After weeks of speculation, Kyrie Irving's NBA future has finally been decided upon, as the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded him away to the Boston Celtics.

In exchange for the point guard, the Cavaliers received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick from the Celtics, a trade which many analysts believe they have won despite losing one of the best young stars in the league today.

Cleveland has definitely managed to execute one of the best trades of the offseason despite their losses, especially when you compare the return the Indiana Pacers got for Paul George from the Oklahoma City Thunder, and what the Chicago Bulls received from the Minnesota Timberwolves when they set Jimmy Butler packing.

However, according to reports, the trade between the Cavaliers and the Celtics was in the pipe line for weeks, and it didn't happen sooner because of one major sticking point. Cleveland originally wanted another Boston star to be included in the trade for Irving.

According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Cavaliers wanted rookie forward Jayson Tatum to be included in the trade.

Charania said: “The big discussion point with Boston and Cleveland over the past several weeks on a potential deal has always been about Jayson Tatum’s involvement. The Cavaliers coveted him greatly. I think if Tatum was involved the first day these talks kind of transpired, this deal would have been done a while ago. Weeks ago.

He continued: "Boston held firm. Him, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, these guys are the future for the Celtics.”

The Cavaliers still managed to pull off a mega-trade involving their wantaway star, but the Celtics were not going to give up Tatum. It's clear they think very highly of him after drafting him with the third overall pick earlier this year in the draft.

Tatum is still going to be playing behind Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris next season in Boston, but the fact the team wants to keep him around and not trade him away shows he has a promising future on the team.

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