The blockbuster trade of the summer has finally been concluded after the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics came to an agreement on a deal that sees Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas head in opposite directions.
Despite confirmation of the deal from both teams late last week, the Cavs were threatening to veto the trade after a medical examination with Thomas revealed his current hip injury is worse than initially stated.
Talks between the two teams last night concluded with the Celtics including a 2020 second round pick to get the deal over the line.
The Cavs will also receive Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first round pick.
The offseason's biggest move drew reactions from many players across the league when it broke and one player who certainly has an interest in Cleveland's dealings decided to weigh in recently.
Having faced the Cavaliers in three straight finals, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green always has an eye on his rivals and believes the deal was best for all parties involved.
“When I look at the situation, I think it’s a great team for both moves,” Green said. “With Kyrie going to a team that doesn’t have to rebuild. He’s played in The Finals three straight years, you wanna continue to taste that.”
“Him going to a team that doesn’t have to rebuild, that can contend; and then the Cavs get I.T. and also getting a top-five pick, but also the underrated part of that trade is Jae Crowder, who also is on a team-friendly deal and is one of the best perimeter defenders our league has seen and can knock some shots down.”
Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers after reportedly deciding he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James.
The four-time All-Star is believed to want to be the focal point of a franchise and he will have a great opportunity to do that in Boston.
Cleveland has done well to replace him with another All-Star point guard but Thomas' hip problem could have a detrimental effect on their chances of making the finals again and winning another title.
The player spoke to ESPN this week and claimed that he will be back to full health and be the same player again.
IT averaged a career-high 29.8 points per game last season and was named to the All-NBA team.
If the Ohio-based outfit can get him back on the court and playing at a high level, it'll be difficult to stop LeBron and co from making the finals again in June.