I’m still in disbelief that it actually happened. And when I say “it”, yes, I mean the blockbuster trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland and brings Kyrie Irving to Beantown that EVERYONE was expecting. This has to be one of the biggest trades to occur in Celtics’ history. Period. Isaiah Thomas was coming off of a career best season with the Celtics, being named an Eastern All Star and led the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers where they lost 4-1. If losing Isaiah wasn’t enough, Danny Ainge also sent Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn pick. Yup. THE Brooklyn pick.
I think that this decision by Danny Ainge was messed up, morally, but it needed to happen. It really did. I’ve said this for so long and got virtually crucified by saying that, if I’m Danny Ainge, I cannot give Isaiah Thomas (who turns 29 this year) a $30million/year contract that he DOES deserve but just not in Boston and not in the situation they’re currently in, if that makes any sense. I sincerely hope that he has another year where he just completely balls out and locks in that max contract and make whichever team “back the Brinks trucks up” for him. I really do hope for that. And I believe that Dan Gilbert is the GM that will sign him to a max contract. I’m going to miss everything about Isaiah. He was 5″9 but had the heart and grit of a giant. That man did everything for this team and gave us his all and it’s a shame that this is how his time here in Boston ended. The upside of this situation for Isaiah is that he’s going to be teamed up with the best player in the league and has the greatest chance to compete against the Golden State Warriors.
I’m going to miss hearing Tommy Heinsohn on CSN scream, “THE LITTLE GUY!!”, after every miraculous play that Isaiah makes.
Isaiah, thank you for everything you have done for us, you made the Celtics relevant once again. You 100% embodied everything that being a Celtic was and became one of my favorite Celtics to wear that green jersey. I wish absolutely nothing but the best for him and his future.
If it sounds like I dislike this trade, don’t be fooled because I absolutely love this trade. Don’t get me wrong, I’m utterly crushed and heartbroken with the fact that the King of the Fourth isn’t a Celtic anymore after all he did for the Celtics and the fans. It hurts to see him go, honestly. But we got Kyrie Irving in return aka Uncle Drew. The man is 25 years old and has two years left on his contract and he’s content with the trade and plans to resign with the Celtics long term, which is EVERYTHING that I needed to hear from this trade. Since 2011 I’ve dreamt of Kyrie Irving wearing a Celtics jersey and on October 17th, 2017, I will get the opportunity to see that dream fulfill itself at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
I’m also not saying that this trade is an automatic slam dunk for the Celtics either, because it’s not. Kyrie has a rough medical history and there’s also a bunch of possibilities in this trade that could happen which means that the Celtics messed up with this; Kyrie could or couldn’t sign long term. That Brooklyn pick could be a top pick where the Cavaliers get a fundamental big man that could turn into the next Karl Anthony-Towns. Markelle Fultz could turn into an elite scorer in this league. But like I said, these are all possible things that could occur, nothing set in stone. Overall, this trade made me excited for the team’s future and makes them prettier on paper.
After almost 10 years, the Boston Celtics are a, “big boy team”, if you will. Don’t come to me with that garbage saying how, “oh oh uhh last year we were a threat, we were the #1 seed in the East and took the Cavaliers to 5 games, so this trade was unnecessary”. Yeah, listen, that’s nice and all but now we get to have the younger guys play more and develop more quickly since they won’t be sharing minutes with Jae Crowder *insert an eye roll emoji here*. I loved Jae as well but he’s just not a starter (please don’t shoot me).
This trade was a beautiful thing to happen to a fan of the NBA because Celtics vs Cavaliers is going to be an electric rivalry this season for obvious reasons such as, Isaiah probably wants to show that he’s a max money player and shove it in Danny’s face as well. Kyrie HATES Lebron James and the feeling is mutual, for sure.
Kyrie is one of two active players in the league and out of four in NBA history to average 20+ PPG, 5+ APG, with less than 3 TO/ game. You wanna know who makes that list? Clyde Drexler, Damian Lillard, oh and Michael Jordan.
Kyrie Irving, welcome to the Boston Celtics and get ready to go to work.