The NBA world was rocked during this past offseason when star point guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade out of Cleveland before the season started, citing a change in his career goals and wanting to lead his own team and not play in the shadow of former teammate LeBron James.
Irving’s request was granted, and he was shipped off to Boston in exchange for All-Star Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s first-round pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
Immediately after the trade, many thought the Cavs had fleeced Boston. Not only did they manage to pry away Brooklyn’s coveted pick from Danny Ainge’s hands, they also acquired an All-Star point guard, a defensive-minded forward and a nice role-player in the same trade.
That narrative completely flipped during the season, however, as Kyrie Irving — in the absence of Gordon Hayward — has led the Celtics to the top record in the East, whereas Isaiah Thomas hasn’t played a single minute this season due to a hip injury.
Everything could change once again in the near future however, as the 5’9 guard is expected to make his long-awaited return next week, against none other than his former team.
— theScore (@theScore) December 30, 2017
Like the rest of us, IT is ecstatic to play against his former team:
“If I’m able to play, it’s going to be a really special game for me.”
The Cavs have sorely missed another scoring presence on the court this season, as they currently sit third in the East after a slow start, with LeBron James and Kevin Love carrying most of the load Kyrie Irving left behind when he was traded, so the return of Thomas will hopefully improve their offense tremendously.
If Isaiah does happen to play against Boston — in Boston by the way — Thomas expects a very warm reception, as he gave everything to the city:
“It better be good. It will be good… I gave my heart to that city and they showed genuine love back.”