[UPDATE]: The Cavaliers and Celtics have reportedly agreed to a deal involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN. He also reports the Celtics will be receiving Irving, while the Cavs will be netting Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick.
The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers are rumored to be discussing what could be one of the biggest blockbuster trades in recent NBA history. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the two teams are discussing a swap of point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.
Cleveland and Boston engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2017
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski later confirmed the report, stating that the two sides were nearing a deal. Wojnarowski also reported that Jae Crowder and draft picks would likely be included in the deal.
This would be a major swap of star players on two title contenders — something that rarely happens in the NBA. Second, not only are these teams title contenders, but they’re rivals in the Eastern Conference and arguably the only two teams with a realistic chance of representing the East in the NBA Finals in 2017-18.
Thomas, who was limited to two games in the Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cavs last season, had his breakout season at the age of 27. The 5-foot-9 guard made his second All-Star team, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game. Thomas led the Celtics to a 51-31 record — the best in the East — and all the way to the conference finals, where he sustained a hip injury that kept him out of the final three games of the series. Cleveland won in five.
Irving has been a big news story this offseason, thanks to his surprising trade request after making trips to the NBA Finals in each of the last three seasons. The former No. 1 overall pick from 2011 also had his best season, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 assists, and shooting 47.3 percent from the field.
No trade is imminent, but Charania’s description of “active trade discussions” means that this one is worth watching for now.