Last night was an evening that nobody saw coming, not even with everything that’s already transpired in both the short-term and long-term past. Let’s first start with, quite possibly, the biggest move in an NBA offseason already full of huge moments.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) August 22, 2017
Kyrie Irving was finally granted his wish to be traded out of Cleveland. The former Cavalier will now bring his talents to a primed Boston Celtics squad and try to get them past LeBron James and his former club. It wasn’t a cheap deal either. For his services, the Celtics sent the Cavs Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić, and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 First-Round Draft Pick.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 22, 2017
Not a bad haul, especially when you consider LeBron’s pending decision after this year. If they do lose him to free agency, at least they’re almost guaranteeing themselves a top pick – along with some young talent. Adding Crowder also gives them another good defensive player that can help on the wing if they make it back to the Finals and have to face Golden State. Isaiah Thomas can bring offense like Kyrie did, and his defensive shortcomings are also similar to Kyrie’s.
Irving provides incredible scoring ability and ball handling, and will team up nicely with newly acquired forward Gordon Hayward. He also provides a skill set that should compliment Al Horford’s game very well. They’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference next year.
Kyrie breaks it off with LeBron 😭 pic.twitter.com/LXub9cb1Bi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 23, 2017
Not to be outdone with the shocking news, the UFC’s Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon Jones, is back in headlines for another crucial mistake in a career marred by them.