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Cavaliers Trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, First-Rounder

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics executed a blockbuster trade on Tuesday, exchanging two of the best point guards in the league.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick, in a story first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical.

The trade sees the 25-year old Irving moving on from the team that drafted him with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged a career-high 25.2 points last season, 21.6 overall in six seasons with the Cavaliers.

The Celtics send away the 28-year old Thomas, who is coming off a career year with 28.2 points and 5.9 assists, and was named to the All-NBA Second Team. The 27-year old Crowder averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season. The pick from Brooklyn is unprotected.