Trade to Cavaliers finalized

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas

Cavs general manager Koby Altman confirmed the agreement to the Akron Beacon Journal. The perception of the trade was that the Cavaliers and Celtics swapped franchise point guards, but for the Cleveland front office (and its owner), Thomas was the icing, not the cake. The Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brookly Nets' 2018 first-round pick, and the Miami Heat's 2020 second-round pick in exchange for Irving. "The trade is now complete".

As reported by The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor late Wednesday night after the trade was completed, Gilbert was both "calling the shots" and is now "dealing with the fallout" in the Celtics-Cavs trade.

When Irving's request to be dealt was made public, Cleveland lost much of its leverage in negotiations with other teams, but with a bevy of assets at its disposal, Boston was able to make a compelling offer.

Irving was drafted first overall by the Cavs in the 2011 NBA Draft, was a 4x all-star, all-star game MVP, and hit arguably the biggest shot in Cavs history in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Thomas injured his hip in the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals loss to the Cavaliers last season. However, the Celtics insist they were forthcoming about the injury from the start.

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Ahead is the toughest test yet, a trip to Tunisia on Friday and a return game at home against the Tunisians four days later. But every team has the ambition of going to the World Cup. "It is a big match and we are fully focused and committed".

"There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career", Thomas told ESPN.

Thomas opted to not have surgery and is undergoing a rehab process instead this offseason. The four-time all-star, who helped Cleveland reach three straight NBA Finals and win its first title, was said to have grown tired of playing in LeBron James's considerable shadow.

The trade was a direct result of Irving, who reportedly no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James and didn't want his immediate future tied to James' looming free agency decision in 2018. Irving fits with that better than Thomas, who the Celtics were concerned about having to pay a lot of money next summer.

"I'm going to be back, and I'm going to be the same player again", Thomas told ESPN. The Cavs then announced they had scrapped their plans, saying the delay and increased interest rates would drive up the cost of the project.

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