How does the Kyrie Irving trade affect the Detroit Pistons?

Rosalie Stanley
August 25, 2017

Some Boston Celtics fans showed their displeasure with the recent blockbuster trade for Kyrie Irving by burning their Thomas jerseys even though he had no say in the trade, via Victoria Nguyen of the Score. "I was watching on TV, and I saw breaking news come across, so it was just as much of a shock to me as all the other fans", said Tatum, who recently moved to MA to begin workouts with the Celtics. Irving has two years left on his contract and with Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum all on board, this young team can make noise for a long time in the Eastern Conference.

It will be interesting because Cleveland may package one of those guys and the pick that they received in the deal to try to land some help around the trade deadline during the season. But for the Celtics - once the moving pieces of this deal were on the table - this was a trade they just had to pull the trigger on. He missed most of the East finals with a hip injury. The Cavs traded their superstar point guard to the Boston Celtics. That prompted his search for a team willing to surrender a first-round pick for Irving, who averaged career-highs in points (25.2) and field-goal percentage (.473) last season.

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And we are not done with what Cleveland got in exchange for Irving. But it's his postseason performances that jump off the screen and make him a stud. He is small. Oh he can finish, getting shots past players who seem to be twice his size, but the Cavaliers are going to really like his court awareness and the assists he is going to get handing the ball off to LeBron James and company. The deal would have sent Kyrie Irving to Golden State for Klay Thompson. He just figured, in unsurprising fashion for him, that he was better off having more. Thomas, who finished third in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.9 points in 2016-17, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 campaign. And oh yeah, he's only 25 years old.

It's a move the Celtics would've been absolutely insane not to make. Celtics coach Brad Stevens basically said as much during his podcast appearance with Chris Mannix earlier this week, noting that another round of tests awaited Thomas upon his return to Boston, and that realization of course opened the door. On top of that, the 2018 pick from the Nets could easily end up being a top three selection in a talented class.

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