The dog days of summer may be upon us, however, even the hottest of NBA rumors refuse to go away. Shams Charania of, The Vertical, reported Tuesday afternoon that according to a league source:
“Cleveland and Boston engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.”
It is no secret that Cavaliers star, Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. Another poorly kept secret around the NBA is that Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge is willing to do whatever it takes for Boston to once again reign supreme over the rest of the league. After signing All-star Gordon Hayward to a maximum contract this past summer, Ainge may be considering pulling the trigger on another big roster move.
A potential Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas trade makes sense but, also begs a few questions. With Thomas entering a contract year, the Celtics rumored desire to trade him makes sense. At 28 years old he may be playing the best basketball of his career, however, how much longer can IT4 produce at this clip? Signing the former All-Star to a lengthy and lucrative contract this upcoming summer could be a potential risk for Boston. Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, is 25 years old and will be under team control until the 2019-2020 season.
A deal of this magnitude, between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, seems a tad bit strange. While Boston receives the younger player and, likely gets better, the Cavaliers will be receiving an older, All-Star veteran who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. However, the Celtics have a large number of assets that could sweeten the deal for the Cavs. Expect Cleveland’s front office to push hard to acquire Brooklyn’s 2018 first round pick from Boston in this potential trade package.
Also supposedly included in the potential deal is Jae Crowder and future first round draft picks. The situation is being reported as "close to happening." Stay tuned for more updates as the situation develops.