Cavs Trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics in Exchange for Isaiah Thomas: Report

Kyrie Irving
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The Boston Celtics have reached a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire point guard Kyrie Irving, in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, reports ESPN.

In addition to Thomas, the Celtics will also send forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick.

The trade comes after Irving requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. The All-Star said he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James and wants to play where he can be the focal point of the franchise.

Irving has three years and $60 million left on his current contract, but he can opt out of the final year, which would be before the 2019-20 season.

Thomas is coming off a huge season in Boston, where he led the team to the best record in the Eastern Conference, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists over 33.8 minutes per game during the regular season. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent when his contract expires next June.