Celtics and Cavs complete Kyrie Irving trade

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics during the second quarter in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Cleveland had significantly valued the 2018 Nets pick in the trade, and Boston believed it allowed for Thomas' physical uncertainty in the current terms of the deal, league sources said.

The teams have until 10 a.m. today to complete the blockbuster deal in which Boston also sent forward Jae Crowder, centre Ante Zizic, and an unconditional 2018 first-round draft pick to Cleveland for Irving, who requested a trade in July.

Looking relaxed and often playfully interacting with both Hayward and the Boston brass seated beside him, Irving looked very much like he was embracing being the new face of the franchise.


All-Star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas might not have switched teams just yet.

The Celtics formally introduced Irving and fellow summer acquisition Gordon Hayward on Friday at TD Garden.

However, final confirmation of the trade has been delayed amid ongoing questions surrounding Thomas' injury, which forced him to miss the end of the Eastern Conference finals last season. "Selfishly, I always wanted to just show everyone in the whole entire world exactly who I was every single time".

Irving, 25, didn't get too deeply into his motives for asking to be traded.


Thomas entering the final year of his contract gave the Celtics their own hard decision to make over the 1.75m dynamo who had become a fan favourite, as well as a two-time All Star, since joining the team in 2015. Thomas, meanwhile, is in his previous year of contract with the Celtics.

"Me leaving there wasn't about basketball", he said. Although technically traded to the Celtics earlier in the month of August, the Irving swap between the Cavaliers and Celtics was not made official until just recently.

Kyrie Irving does, and as the newest member of the Boston Celtics, Irving recorded a farewell video to his spurned team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then, last week, the Celtics agreed to deal a package, headlined by their own rising star, to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

"They took a chance on a 19-year-old kid that was coming off a stubbed right toe, of being in a very, very immature place at the time", he furthered.



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