Kyrie Irving off to Boston Celtics, says report
THE Kyrie Irving soap opera that's consumed this NBA off-season had a dramatic finish, after all.
The Cavaliers have reached a deal with the Celtics that will send Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick, ESPN reported.
Irving's discontent in Cleveland has become the hot topic of the off-season ever since he requested a trade in July, apparently because he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James.
The latest report indicated the star guard has wanted out of Cleveland since he learned the Cavaliers were shopping him in June and James approved of the deal.
The Knicks were rumoured to be a potential destination for Irving, but New York was unwilling to give up Kristaps Porzingis in a one-for-one deal, according to The Post's Marc Berman.
Thomas had a breakout season with the Celtics in 2016, leading them to their first Eastern Conference Finals since 2012, where they lost to the Cavaliers.
Irving has two years left on his contract. Thomas has one year left and would be an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Both players were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. Irving was the No. 1 pick by the Cavaliers. Thomas went No. 60 to the Kings, and was traded twice before becoming a star with the Celtics.
The Celtics have had a very busy off-season, adding Gordon Heyward, the top free agent to switch teams, Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in the draft and now Irving.
They've given up three of their best players from last season - guard Avery Bradley went to the Pistons for Marcus Morris to free up cap space for Heyward - and now Thomas and Crowder are off to Cleveland.
Crowder averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season, and has one of the most team-friendly contracts in the NBA. He is signed for three more seasons, with a salary cap hit of less than $8 million each year.
Sources told ESPN four players, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and one 2018 draft pick were traded for the 25-year-old