Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Advantage Cavs in Kyrie deal

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during a game in the 2017 NBA Finals

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during a game in the 2017 NBA Finals

Thomas is a great player in his own right, but he isn't Kyrie Irving.

"(He's a) five-foot-nine point guard who just has an enduring smile. And that is it.

But he does hope that Irving does not get the same treatment as LeBron did when he came back to Cleveland as a team member of the Miami Heat years ago, which Pluto called "one of the ugliest atmospheres" he ever experienced. The general consensus around the league and National Basketball Association community is that Irving is the superior player to Thomas, and as he's much younger, trading for him required all the assets the Cavs received in exchange.

Danny Ainge didn't know he was going to get Kyrie Irving when he traded away the first overall pick days before the draft.

Irving wanted to be the star somewhere else.

And for Cleveland, well, there's no concern about Thomas or Crowder showing up to camp. Crowder has a tremendous work ethic. He is versatile and strong. The Celtics beat my squad, and as a hapless Cleveland sports fan, that was sickening to see.

If Stevens were to help make Irving move off the ball more off of cuts and curls, it would open up a plethora of opportunities for Irving to either score or pass to one of his teammates.

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The NBA star wasn't the only one to defend Thomas. And that would typically be a good trade, but we are still not done.

"In exchange for two years of middling play from Pierce and Garnett, the Nets' mortgaged their future, giving Boston the picks it needed to both compete in the present and build for the future". Next years draft. And now, Cleveland gets that pick.

The Celtics traded Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for Marcus Morris in order to give Hayward a max contract.

Then there's LeBron James and his player option for the 2018-19 season.

While Irving had drawn criticism due to his mental lapses on defense and his unwillingness to pick up defensive assignments, Thomas is perhaps the only worse player at the position at doing just that - ranked as the worst individual defender among starting point guards. What's that trade with the Cavaliers looking like? Irving reportedly will waive his trade kicker to complete the deal. With LeBron James' return feeling anything but inevitable, it makes sense for the Cavs to free up the books a bit. Irving was the point guard, and James is a forward.

Ok CDA News fans, what do you think of the trade?

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