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Kyrie Irving thanks Cleveland after trade to Celtics

May 23, 2017 - Cleveland, OH, USA - Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving celebrates a three-pointer while on a scoring run against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio (Photo by Leah Klafczynski/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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It took long enough, but All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is now officially a member of the Boston Celtics. Last week’s trade reportedly hit a snag when the Cleveland Cavaliers showed concern over the condition of Isaiah Thomas’ injured hip, but the deal was officially completed on Wednesday when the Celtics agreed to send a future second-rounder back to Cleveland.

On Thursday, the departing Irving took to Instagram to thank the fans in only NBA city he has ever called home:

"My special thank you to Cleveland" *Link in Bio. My love extends way beyond the court I have for Cleveland and it will always be a place thats special because of the great people and experiences. The Ups and downs, we stand and fight no matter what the circumstances are, and that's what being in Cleveland embodies, it is all Love and a whole lotta pride. To the incredible individuals I've met who support the Cleveland organization and help allow us as Players to feel a special bond to the State/City and shared countless moments with, keep being YOU and know that my appreciation is eternal. Thank you From my whole being for being there as I was a 19 year old kid coming into the league, to now where I start another step in the journey as a 25 year old Evolving man. It will Always be Love and respect Cleveland. "The journey is always the Reward" #KyrieWick

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Irving also issued a video message upon officially making his way out of Cleveland, which can be viewed here.



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