A pretty damn big bombshell went off in the world of NBA trades on Tuesday night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers put the Kyrie Irving drama to rest the only way it could be put to rest, by reportedly dealing him to another team.
The trade will send the 25-year-old Irving, a four-time All-Star, to the Boston Celtics in exchange for 28-year-old Isaiah Thomas, a two-time All-Star, as well as Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, and the Brooklyn Nets's unprotected 2018 first-round pick:
As for the current contract situations, Irving has a deal worth $60 million over the next three seasons, though he can opt out after just two. Meanwhile, Thomas is only signed for one more year, and will become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Thomas is also coming off a hip injury that caused him to miss the final three games from last year's playoffs. On Monday, now ex-coach Brad Stevens said that he wasn't sure if Thomas would be ready for the beginning of training camp.
In a few final interesting bits of symmetry, Irving was the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, while Thomas was the last pick from that same year. Additionally, the two will face off during their teams opener(s) on October 17.
The transaction will put an end to the new stories that have been rampant over the past several weeks, and that began once we learned that Irving requested a trade to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in a closed door meeting that took place in July.