The blockbuster trade from the Cavs that we all have been waiting for has finally happened. The Boston Celtics swapped point guards with Cleveland. The Celtics also send a Brooklyn 2018 first round pick, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic to Cleveland. While the Cavs received the better package, the Celtics are the clear cut winners in this deal.
While Isaiah Thomas (28) had his best offensive season, leading him to his second All Star game, he has had hip injury issues and concerns since their second round win against the Washington Wizards. While standing at 5’9, he runs through defenders to score buckets, but he is a lackluster player on the defensive end.
Jae Crowder provides a gritty attitude and great defense, while taking a lot of shots. He plays hard basketball and does not like to give up on the play. With LeBron on the same team, he might be a bench player.
Ante Zizic, was a draft and stash player last season. After being drafted in the first round, him and Guercshon Yabusele made their way in the summer league this year. With the inclusion of the 2018 Nets pick, the Cavs are set for when LeBron decides to leave after this season.
The Celtics receive a great starting point guard in Kyrie Irving. The 25 year old has arguably the best handles in the league, can score as good if not better than Isaiah, and can keep up with other point guards on defense, while staying on a contending team. Depending on his feelings, the Celtics Danny Ainge mentioned the trade as “smart” due to the likeliness of an extension. Thomas, a free agent after this season, wanted a max deal, and that was not in the cards.
Only time will tell who actually won this trade. The two teams face off on opening night, set your calendars!!!!!
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