Kyrie Irving is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier. After years of service and months of chaos, the Irving saga is finally nearing it's end.
Just yesterday, he was traded to the Boston Celtics in a huge blockbuster trade that landed the Cavs Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a promising future first round draft pick.
As big as that trade was, the Cavs were willing to make a deal much, much bigger than that.
According to a source (Marc Spears on the Undefeated), Cavs GM Koby Altman made a call to the Bay area just moments before the blockbuster deal went down. It involved a potential Kyrie/Klay Thompson deal that would have, obviously, shocked the world.
But that's as far as it got because the Warriors showed zero interest. A Kyrie for Irving trade just didn't make sense in their minds, and they're probably right.
Still, it's hard to imagine a Kyrie/Steph pairing didn't cross their mind. As the best offensive guards in the NBA, they'd be nearly unstoppable. For the Cavs, they would've gotten a special 2-way player
For the Cavs, they would've gotten a special 2-way player who's a team first kind of guy. Even though he's never been on another team, he'd surely fit beautifully alongside King James.
In the best NBA trade that never happened, two great players of two great dynasties would have been traded for each other. And although it never happened, the story reveals quite a lot about the sides involved.