In what may turn out to be the biggest shock of this wild offseason, the Cleveland Cavaliers catered to Kyrie Irving’s mid-summer trade whims, shipping him out of The Land to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first round pick.
While Cleveland may now be better (or as equally) equipped to make another NBA Finals run, the biggest win for them in this trade is the acquisition of the Nets’ pick, which is expected to be conveyed in the top-five, and possibly top-three in next summer’s NBA Draft, which is permeated with franchise altering talent at the top such as Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr.
Brooklyn’s pick affords Cleveland a fair amount of flexibility, allowing them to either: A.) Extend the current team/LeBron James’ championship window or B.) Hit the reset button if James decides to dart to play out the last legs of his career elsewhere.
Whatever the case may be, the Cavaliers were able to pilfer away one of the Celtics’ most sought after assets, preparing the franchise for whatever may come next in this whirlwind of a business.