by Brad Botkin
In the wake of Tuesday night’s Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets‘ 2018 first-round pick, we can draw a couple conclusions with virtual certainty:that sent
- This is one of the craziest summers in NBA history.
- Cleveland is dancing in the streets over this deal.
After that, there are still a ton of questions as we start to process what this deal means not just for the Cavs and Celtics, but for the league as a whole — both now and in the future. In no particular order, here are three major ones:
Does this trade increase Cavs’ chances of keeping LeBron?
Yes, and it’s all about that 2018 Nets pick. Before this trade went down, it didn’t look like the Cavs had many options left for immediate improvement. They’d struck out on Paul George. Struck out on Jimmy Butler. They had zero cap room, no draft picks available for trade until 2021, and with all these other teams making power moves, it was going to be a tough sell to walk into a meeting with LeBron next summer, with nothing to show except virtually the same Cavs roster that clearly isn’t good enough to beat the Warriors, and convince him to spend the last few remaining years of his prime playing for second place.