The Kyrie Irving era is over in Cleveland. The 2011 first overall pick was traded today (August 22) to the Boston Celtics. The Cleveland Cavaliers get Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 unprotected first-round pick.
Irving reportedly requested to be traded after a July meeting with team owner Dan Gilbert. Irving wanted to play for a team where he would be the focal point, and especially wanted to get away from teammate Lebron James, according to sources.
Isaiah Thomas, on the other hand, is coming off his best season as a pro, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists over 33.8 minutes per game during the regular season. He is coming off an injury to his hip which kept him out of the Celtics final three playoff games last season.
Irving, 25, has has three years and $60 million left on his contract, but he can opt out of the final year before the 2019-20 season. Thomas, 28, will become a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June. Thomas has said he believes he's worthy of a maximum contract.
The trade will make for an interesting opener for both teams. The Celtics and Cavaliers open the season in Cleveland on Oct. 17.