It’s not as much of a surprise the second time around, but the Boston Celtics have officially acquired point guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The trade, which was centered around a swap of point guards, was halted after the Cavaliers were not confident in the physical of Isaiah Thomas, whose 2016-17 season was ended by a hip injury, which did not require surgery at the time. Thomas is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season.
After Cleveland announced it was freezing the trade over concerns with Thomas, rumors swirled that the Cavaliers were looking to add either Jaylen Brown or Jayson Tatum, whom the Celtics have taken in consecutive NBA Drafts with the third overall pick. But rather than a premium prospect, Boston has sent an additional 2020 second-round pick to complete the trade.
As it sits, the Celtics will get their man in Irving. Cleveland will have an opportunity to rebuild its roster in his wake, receiving the same package it would have earlier, which includes Jae Crowder and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round draft selection.
Boston adds Irving to the fray of its new-look roster, which was bolstered by the trade acquisition of forward Marcus Morris and the blockbuster free-agent signing of Gordon Hayward. The Cavaliers will now team up the league’s third leading scorer from 2016-17 in Thomas, alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love.
The two teams will open the 2017-18 regular season against one another on Oct. 17 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.