One of the highlights of the NBA offseason had to be the drama that was the Kyrie Irving trade request and subsequent move to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first round pick.
Fortunately, after a slight kink in the trade involving Isaiah Thomas and an apparent hip injury, the trade was eventually completed, and the Cavaliers could finally introduce their new trio in an introductory press conference on Thursday.
With the trade 100% confirmed, that spells the end to the three-year run both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had together with the Cavs, running through the Eastern Conference every year on their way to three straight NBA Finals appearances. With Kyrie now out of the picture, LeBron doesn’t seem to expect a drop-off in production for Cleveland in the slightest, judging by the text he sent to Thomas and Crowder.
As you can tell, James is very hopeful for the future.
Some fans have lamented the trade though, considering Irving the better player between himself and Thomas, and saying that Thomas is a significant downgrade at the point guard position for the Cavs. All you have to do though is look at the season stats between the pair – Irving posting 25.2 PPG with 5.2 APG, with Thomas posting 28.9 PPG with 5.9 APG – as well as the confidence IT has in his new squad:
“Me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven… You really going to throw three guys on me, when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.”
Even though Thomas will miss some time early on in the season with that aforementioned hip injury, it’s clear to say both Thomas and James have high hopes for next season.