Why the Celtics Traded Isaiah Thomas: Quick Trade Anaslysis

Millions of fans (okay, at least thousands of fans) screamed at the top of their lungs, “What were the Celtics Thinking?!?!?  We want there to be real competition in the NBA!”  I know that is what I screamed when I first saw the trade.  However, I decided to look deeper into the trade, I mean, the Celtics would not trade their best player for no reason, right?

By the way, I am sorry for not posting anything sooner.  I have been really busy, with life stuff that was probably a waste of my time.  Of course, what can I say.  I am a sports blogger, so I probably am eliminated from having a legitimate opinion on what is important in life.  Anyways, I just wanted to let the Nation now that i haven’t had a horrible accident…not yet, anyways.

Okay, so who was traded?  That is a good question:

Who did the Cavaliers Trade?

Kyrie Irving was traded, of course.

Who did the Celtics send?

The Celtics gave All-Star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas, Small Forward Jae Crowder, and Center Ante Zizic.  Also, the Cavaliers got an unprotected 2018 first round pick from the Nets.  Yes, it was a three team trade.

So why did this happen?  Well, it all started with Irving saying, “Irving Out…Of Cleveland”.  At least, that’s what he told the management of the Cavaliers.  So Irving was on the trading block.  At first, Irving had a list of teams he wanted to go to (Boston was not on the list), but Irving was flexible (or forced, not really sure) to join a Boston team that he played in the Conference Finals just a few months before.

Boston loves Thomas, and he has been their 5 foot 9 inch boy for the past few seasons.  However, he has had an issue of getting injured.  Alright, at least for the past little bit, and they are concerned about Thomas’ health for this season.  So that was going to be a problem this season for the Celtics.  But now, Thomas is with the Cavaliers, so now they do not have that problem anymore.  So, from a logical point of view, both the Celtics, and the Cavaliers traded away their main concerns, you could say.  All they did was swap point guards, plus the Cavaliers got a good defender out of it too.

Both Irving, and Kyrie have similar statistics.  Both rebound around 3 times a game.  Irving scored around 25 points per game, while Thomas scored 28 points per game.  But over all, very similar.  So not a big difference.

Why was this a good trade for both teams?

This was actually is a good trade for both teams.  The Cavaliers get rid of Kyrie Irving, and have finally settled that complex issue without getting a downgrade in that position.  They also got some more players, and a draft pick from the trade.  Now, Isaiah Thomas has 1 more year till he is a free agent, so some people would say that since Thomas is in Cleveland for only a year, that it is not a good deal for the Cavaliers.  Well, that does not really hold up, since LeBron is leaving after this season anyway.  So, in all realism, the Cavaliers have one more good shot at the Finals, before rebuilding again.  So Thomas will be there for that last “Oo-Ra” this season.

The Celtics benefit because, unlike the Cavaliers, they are not looking at this season as their last chance a title.  That is in the next few seasons, and Irving is under his contract for the next two years, and maybe a third.  So, if you were looking at long-term, Irving is a better fit for the Celtics, so this trade pretty much helped everyone involved.

But what do you think, Sports Reaction Nation?  Who do you think won this trade?  Put your answers below, and as always, be the best sports fan you can possibly be.

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