By Lamar Battle
Or are they ? Speculation abounds after the blockbuster trade sending Kyrie Irving formerly of the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for a package of Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, rookie Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets unprotected 2018 first round pick which will more than likely be a lottery selection.
With popularity already through the roof the NBA managed to hold our attention to just before the start of training camp for the 2017-18 season…..Wow.
Most observers were aware of Kyrie’s trade request with the Cavaliers and how if unacknowledged could have unhinged the Cavaliers locker room for the up coming season.
After winning an NBA championship along-side LeBron James at age 25 Kyrie Irving expressed a desire to be the main man on his own team.
The trade though now completed holds huge implications for the balance of NBA power in the Eastern conference and quite possibly the entire league.
Who were the winners and losers?
Kyrie Irving, who is now position to along with a solid team and competent coach to take over in the Eastern Conference if not this year then the next.
Lebron James, amid speculation that he would leave after this season to join the LA Lakers the Cavaliers have an opportunity to convince LeBron to stick around awhile. Isiah Thomas brings great scoring ability (29.8ppg), Jae Crowder is an above average defender and capable three point shooter (39.8%) but the sweetener is the Nets pick in a draft that may boast a number of potential franchise players.
Danny Ainge, Celtics G.M. recently completed seminar on how to rebuild a pro basketball team.
Koby Altman, the new Cavaliers GM absolutely got the best return for Kyrie Irving and the CAVS are now a deeper team with future prospects. According to sources the Cavaliers may not be done dealing.
Dan Griffin, the Cavaliers owner side-stepped a burgeoning fan revolt after a disastrous off season to this point.
Jae Crowder, who may be tasked with guarding Kevin Durant providing the Cavaliers make it to the NBA Finals.
The Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and rest of the eastern teams that may have to wait 4-5 years for a shot to contend for the East.
Kyrie Irving got exactly what he wanted. LeBron James may delay breaking the hearts of Ohio fans for a little while longer but to beat the Warriors LeBron will need one to two bonafide superstars.
NBA fans simply cannot wait for the start of the season.
The NBA’s Western Conference will be a bloodbath and the East won’t be far behind. At the end of the day both teams won this deal and yes………The Celtics are back.