Kyrie Irving is headed to the Boston Celtics after extended negotiations in which the Cleveland Cavaliers will receive a second-round draft pick in addition to Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and a first-round pick originally belonging to the Brooklyn Nets. The trade stalled when Thomas’ physical revealed questionable results. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN gives the details.
Cleveland, Boston have reached an agreement, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2017
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
The 25-year old Irving moves on from Cleveland, who 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 28-year old Thomas 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.