Who won the latest blockbuster NBA trade: Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics? | The Tylt
Who won the latest blockbuster NBA trade: Cleveland Cavaliers or Boston Celtics?
After requesting a trade a month ago, Kyrie Irving was dealt to the Boston Celtics—a team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season without nearly as much star power. In return, the Cavaliers received more pieces that add depth to the bench, and set the team up for the future with the additions of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first round draft pick. Who got the better deal?
As good as Isaiah Thomas was on offense, and in the clutch, he is an absolute liability on defense. While Kyrie Irving may not be Tony Allen on the defensive end, he at least has some size to compete defensively.
Now, Boston is stacked with an All-Star roster with Gordon Hayward and Al Horford taking the court. With Brad Stevens orchestrating the team, the Celtics are equipped to beat the Cavaliers in the East and compete with the Golden State Warriors in the West.
According to SportsLine, the Celtics have dramatically increased the likelihood they make it out of the East while the Cavaliers are treading water by acquiring Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic. There should be no doubt Boston won this trade.
Now that the Cleveland Cavaliers got rid of Irving's trade distraction, the team can concentrate on winning a championship. Isaiah Thomas will easily fit with LeBron James, providing the steady scorer, playmaker and clutch performer James needs on his side. Not only does Thomas enter the fold for Cleveland, underrated forward Jae Crowder adds a D-and-three threat to the team. Ante Zizic, the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, also brings some nastiness to the center position.
This massive haul of talent proves the Cavaliers are the true winners of this trade.
Not only do the Cavaliers get more talent on their team, they are also building towards the future. Zizic is a nice piece to have around as he develops, but getting the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first round draft pick is more valuable. The Nets aren't expected to improve this year after only winning 20 games last season, so the pick figures to be in the top 3 overall.
With a strong draft class next season, including Michael Porter and Marvin Bagley, the Cavs have some insurance in case LeBron James decides to leave in 2018.