On paper, many believe Cleveland appears to have received the better side of the deal. I’m not absolutely certain that’s the case, as the Celtics were able to get a point guard on an extra few years while simultaneously giving themselves some flexibility in the years to come.
The Cavaliers should be in good shape, especially if Thomas’ hip is A-OK. They beefed up their wing depth with Jae Crowder, and added a 2018 first round pick from the Brooklyn Nets that will help them either draft in LeBron’s absence next summer or trade for another star this year.
Meanwhile, LeBron himself took to Twitter — as did many other NBA players — to respond to the trade.
In a tweet sent out on Tuesday night, Lebron said he had nothing but respect for Irving.
Well there you have it. We still don’t know whether James is going to stay in Cleveland past this summer, but we have to assume they are again favorites to make the Finals this year.
We will have to wait until the season starts until we find out whether Irving can make an impact on that arc with his new team in Boston.