It looks like Kyrie Irving has found a new home with the Boston Celtics, after randomly asking to be traded from the Cleveland Cavs about a month ago. The Celtics have traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and gave the 2018 Brooklyn Nets unprotected first-round pick to the Cavs, in exchange for Kyrie Irving.
The Celtics have gained Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris.
The Cavs will now have Thomas, LeBron, and D. Rose.
According to ESPN, "Irving has three years and $60 million left on his contract, but he can opt out of the final year before the 2019-20 season. The Celtics posted on Instagram that Irving will wear No. 11, as his familiar No. 2 is retired in Boston for Red Auerbach.
Thomas, 28, led the Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists over 33.8 minutes per game during the regular season.
Thomas has spent the offseason recovering from a right hip injury that kept him out of the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals. He opted not to have surgery.
Ainge said Thomas' injury did play "some" into his making the deal. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Monday that he is not sure Thomas will be ready for the start of training camp.
Sources told ESPN that while Cleveland is not sure when Thomas will be able to return to the court, the Cavaliers have no short-term concerns about the injury. The team, sources said, is anxious to have its own doctors look at Thomas' hip and will spend the year monitoring it."