The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics finalized a trade deal Tuesday night involving Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas.
The agreement has Irving going to Boston and Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, Ante Žižić going to Cleveland. The Cavaliers will get also get another first-round pick in the 2018 draft through the deal, according to SB Nation.
The discussions on this trade have been going on for months and Irving had previously expressed his desire to leave Cleveland. According to ESPN, Irving discussed during July meetings that he wanted to play for a team where he was no longer in the background, but more of a team leader.
Irving still had three years left on his contract, but he had the option to opt out of the final year of the contract before the start of the 2019-2020 season, according to ESPN.
The interesting part about this trade is that both players were drafted in 2011, but Irving was number one overall and Thomas was the last player to be drafted.
The Celtics will open the 2017-2018 season in Cleveland.