At long last, the Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to terms on a (new) deal that will bring Kyrie Irving to Boston, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Boston is sending Cleveland a 2020 second-round pick to complete the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2017
The pick will come via Miami, as reported by Wojnarowski and, apparently, that’s as much as Boston was willing to concede.
Boston will send its 2020 second-round pick via Miami to Cavaliers to complete the trade, league sources said. Boston would budge no more.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2017
With the Cavaliers being unhappy with what they found during Isaiah Thomas’s physical, it’s easy to understand why new GM Koby Altman would seek further compensation.
But all reports have indicated that Boston and Danny Ainge were completely transparent when it came to the extent of Thomas’s balky hip. There should have been no surprises, so it’s no wonder that Ainge held firm on his original offer, especially since he was already surrendering what was arguably the franchise’s most valuable asset.
As Wojnarowski made clear earlier in the week, the 2018 Brooklyn pick was always the main prize for Cleveland, as it gave them a great chance at landing a blue-chip prospect in next year’s draft since the Celtics weren’t willing to part with either Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum.
Getting Thomas and Jae Crowder was secondary, pieces that would allow the Cavs to remain in contention in what they fear could be LeBron James’s last year in Cleveland.
The Cavs got tremendous value and then some from Boston from the get-go. The extra second round pick is superfluous and underwhelming considering how long Altman held out.