Last summer, Kyrie Irving made headlines across the NBA when he handed in a trade request to the Cleveland Cavaliers after going to three consecutive NBA Finals with the franchise, as well as winning one championship during that period. However, the move has paid off, as things have been going great for him at the Boston Celtics
Irving eventually got his move after his trade request, as six months ago, he was surprisingly sent to the Cleveland’s Eastern Conference rivals in the Celtics in exchange for in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second round draft pick via the Miami Heat.
Since the 25-year-old’s departure, things have gone downhill for the Cavaliers, and they’ve only managed to pick themselves up after being one of the busiest teams on trade deadline day. Thomas and Crowder have now been traded away from Cleveland, meaning the team has hardly anything left from their big summer blockbuster trade.
It’s been a different story in Boston however, as the Celtics have led the Eastern Conference for most of the season so far, and they currently find themselves only two games behind the leaders of the conference in the Toronto Raptors.
Irving recently spoke to Rachel Nichols of ESPN about several different topics including his move last summer from the Cavaliers to the Celtics and how much of a gamble that was for him and his career. Despite the risk undertaken, the point guard says the move was ‘well worth it.’
Irving said: “There’s been a lot of newnesses honestly. It’s a totally different group of guys. It’s an adjustment within itself, individually, and then trying to bridge that gap with our group and being my best self.
“With our group, it has been awesome, trying at times, but well worth it.”
So far this season, Irving has been detrimental towards the success of the Celtics, as he has averaged 24.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and five assists per game. He has also converted 48.6% of his shots from the field.
The Celtics will look to get back on the top of the Eastern Conference following the All-Star break when they travel to Detroit to play against the Pistons this Friday.