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It’s finally official. Kyrie Irving has gotten out of Cleveland and away from LeBron. Irving is going to Boston while Cleveland will receive all-star Isaiah Thomas, and Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic. The Cavs also receive the Nets 2018 1st round pick, and a 2020 2nd round pick.

Cleveland gets an A+ for this trade. Boston? They get a D, and that’s being generous.

Cleveland has been to the finals for 3 straight years, winning the 2016 NBA championship. LeBron James has been the leader, and he’s had Kyrie and Kevin Love by his side. It’s no secret that James isn’t happy with the front office in Cleveland; so many speculate that when his contract is up after the 2018 season, he’ll be on the move again.

A lot of people think LBJ will end up in LA, some even think the Big Apple is an option, but not many people are betting on Cleveland. Earlier this offseason rumors started swirling that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and who can blame him?

Irving has been in James’s shadow ever since LeBron got there. But why?

Irving has been a great player, an all star, and one of the clutchest players this league has seen over the past few years.

Why does James get all of the credit? LeBron hasn’t been clutch when it matters most.

In 2011 Dirk Nowitzki led a bad Dallas Mavericks to a Finals win over LBJ’s Miami Heat, in 2013 if it wasn’t for Chris Bosh grabbing a rebound off a LEBRON miss, and dishing it to Ray Allen who saved the day, LeBron wouldn’t have won that year either. Then in 2016 when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the finals, Kyrie Irving, yes Irving, not LeBron James, hit the series winning shot in game 7.

LeBron needs Kyrie more than Kyrie needs LeBron. Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and they gave him what he wanted, while preparing for the 2018 season assuming they can’t keep LeBron. Thomas is an all star PG and the 2018 pick from Brooklyn is going to be a top 5 pick. A+ for Cleveland on this deal, handled it well, didn’t rip their team apart, and planned for the future without LeBron. Good for them. Boston on the other hand? They messed up.

Isaiah Thomas has said time and time again that he would love to spend his entire career in Boston. He has become a superstar in the Celtic green and the fans love him. This past spring when the Celtics were preparing for their match-up with the Bulls, Thomas lost his sister in a car accident. The loss of a loved one is extremely tough, and most people wouldn’t be the same for a few days. Thomas? He played a game one day after his sister died, scored thirty-three points and was there when his team needed him.

So how do we repay a man who’s been nothing but loyal, nothing but a fighter, and is willing to do anything for the city of Boston? Let’s ship him away for Kyrie Irving. That’s a joke. An absolute Joke.  

Apparently loyalty means absolutely nothing anymore in the NBA. LeBron left Cleveland to go to Miami, then left Miami to go back; Kevin Durant abandoned Oklahoma City to join the Warriors, and now the Boston Celtics are trading the heart and soul of their team.

This trade doesn’t make Boston a championship favorite. So why do it? Because they’re panicking and impatient. They’re tired of coming up short and watching Cleveland go to the finals. Did someone forget to tell Danny Ainge that the Golden State Warriors still have Curry, Klay, Durant, and Draymond? Nobody has built a team that will take them down in a 7 game series.

Maybe Danny Ainge has watched the Patriots win Super Bowls and the Red Sox in first place, and said to himself I have to win soon. So let’s trade our superstar and a top 5 pick, all to MAYBE get past LeBron and the Cavs, and even if they get past them, the Celtics cannot beat Golden State.

The Celtics messed up. They could’ve battled with Cleveland this year, and waited for LeBron to leave then the East would be theirs for years to come. Instead, the trade Thomas, something that he did not want. He wanted to stay in Boston till he retired, he wanted to win in Boston, and now he’ll never get the chance.

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