Though it may have seemed inevitable given the trade request, the fact that Kyrie Irving was dealt from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference rival Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets‘ 2018 unprotected first-round pick certainly comes as a surprise.
There’s no doubt the trade will give Irving plenty of motivation to upend LeBron James and the Cavs come playoff time.
The irony is certainly unprecedented, with the top pick in the 2011 NBA Draft being dealt for the final pick in that same draft as the featured pieces of the deal.
It’s going to take a while for this to look right.
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