The Cleveland Cavaliers granted Kyrie Irving his wish to be traded as they completed the biggest deal of the summer with the Boston Celtics.
The Cavs decided to offload Irving in return for fellow All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2018 first-round pick, via the Brooklyn Nets, in a deal that shocked the NBA just days ago.
With Kyrie's unwillingness to continue representing the Wine and Gold and the revelations of his fractured relationship with superstar LeBron James, the team felt it had no option but to accept this deal presented to them by Boston.
Both parties appear to be happy with the outcome of the trade and for the Celtics, in particular, it allows them to build around a star point guard entering the prime years of his career at the age of 25.
With multiple picks and assets at their disposal, Danny Ainge felt it was the right time to finally make a splash in the trade market as many have been expecting for a number of years.
They may have given up a lot to get the deal over the line but the Celtics were satisfied with the pieces they gave away as they were keen to hang onto the majority of their young stars.
Jayson Tatum was a player who was mentioned in a potential deal with Kyrie, but the C's were not willing to part with this year's number three pick.
The talented small forward showed his potential in the Summer League last month and the franchise is keen to develop him as a starting player.
Reacting to the trade, the 19-year-old admitted that he was nervous after hearing his name being mentioned as a possible candidate to be shipped off.
"I was just as surprised as everyone else [about the deal]," he said. "I saw my name come up, and I didn't know if I was going to get traded. ... It's all new to me. I haven't played an NBA game yet; I just came from college. I don't know how to handle all the trade talks. I was just like, 'Wow,' [when I] saw my name come up."
Now that he knows he'll be part of the Boston roster in his rookie campaign, Tatum is excited by the prospect of lining up alongside a fellow Duke product in Irving.
"I'm pretty sure it will be a lot of fun," Tatum said. "[Irving is] a tremendous player. A superstar in this league."
The Celtics fans will be disappointed to lose Thomas but that will quickly turn into anticipation to see the league's best ball handler bring his talents to Beantown.News Now - Sport News