Kyrie Irving is headed to Boston in a blockbuster that sends Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and the Nets‘ 2018 first-round pick (along with prospect Ante Zizic) to Cleveland. The deal is a shocker and difficult to figure. Here are the winners and losers in another NBA summer stunner:
WINNER: Kyrie Irving
Irving’s goals were clear; he wanted to be “The Man” and still win at a high level. If he went to the Spurs, he would take a back seat to Kawhi Leonard. If he went to the Knicks, it meant toiling for a bad team, maybe forever. Going to the Celtics accomplishes both goals. Thomas was a second-team All-NBA selection and MVP candidate last season in largely the same role Irving will occupy in Boston.