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Celtics, Cavaliers reach agreement on Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas trade

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Vera Richards | 01 September, 2017, 02:15

However, Thomas' status for the beginning of the regular season remains up in the air. This deal sent Kyrie to the Celtics and in turn sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first round pick all to the Cavaliers.

The Cavs had initially sought an additional first-round pick or another young player as insurance against Thomas's injury, a negotiating gambit rejected by Boston.

Thomas underwent a physical in Cleveland on Friday, and numerous reports said the Cavs weren't entirely pleased with the results on his injured hip, which resulted in Boston giving Cleveland the extra second-round pick.

Irving described his challenges with playing alongside LeBron James in the 2017 National Basketball Association finals, saying he felt like he had to take a step back with LeBron on the team, something he hadn't been used to in prior years.

While team sources said they were considering all options with the trade - either side had until 10 a.m. Thursday to void the deal - the most likely scenario of Cleveland receiving a small sweetener from the Celtics is what materialized.

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Assuming Thomas' hip shows no further concerns, the Cavs would lose James for nothing for a second time, due to his ultimate no-trade clause.

Thomas isn't the only one excited to finalize the trade, Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant has also expressed his approval. Fortunately, the Celtics had a number of assets, several that were extremely expendable. Celtics General Manager, Danny Ainge had seen talents like Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Chris Paul pass on by to other teams. For the moment, this chaotic one has finally calmed down.

So who won the trade?

Irving is exactly the type of player the Celtics need, a proven playoff performer and a victor. Altman had been running Cleveland's front office since David Griffin stepped down days before his contract was set to expire in late June.

The projected starting five of the Celtics now looks like this: Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris and Al Horford.

All in all, this was a good deal for both teams as they managed to get good value additions for the upcoming season.

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