by AJ Ramos
The Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas exchange is one of, if not the craziest, trades of the 2016-2017 off season. It all started with Irving demanding a trade in the middle of July 2017. Kyrie explained that he wanted to be the “main guy” instead of having someone (Lebron) shadow his full potential as a player. Kyrie Irving got a lot of negativity for this request because many people believe that he is not ready to carry a team on his own. However, Kyrie has proven that he can accomplish big things at a young age. Kyrie has been Rookie of the year, a 2x All-star, Allstar MVP, three Finals appearances, and a Championship. Others believe that Kyrie would not have earned these awards without Lebron’s leadership. That may be true, but it was because of Kyrie that they won Game 7 of the NBA Finals, with his clutch three-point shot. That was not his first clutch shot his whole career. He also made a game winner on the Golden State Warriors at the Christmas game this past year. Kyrie also brought his points per game to about 25. These accomplishments are amazing, considering he’s only been in the NBA for six years. Kyrie requested to be traded to either the New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs, the Miami Heat or the Phoenix Suns. However, all these teams could not make a decent deal with Cleveland.
After a few weeks, The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers started to negotiate acquire Irving for Thomas, a couple other players and a first round pick in the Draft. Isaiah Thomas was the 60th pick in the draft, an underdog his whole life. He is only 5’9, and dominating the game, averaging almost 29 points per game; at his height it is difficult to score ,but still proves his skill to score with his finishing and shooting and around the basket. The official Irving and Thomas trade went through the same day ,but was almost cancelled due to Thomas’ hip injury. The Celtics didn't want to give up Kyrie, so they added a 2nd round pick. The Cavaliers agreed to the trade, many people and reporters thought that The Celtics gave up too much, just to get one player. The same people thought it was still okay considering that Thomas was injured at the time. He was set to be injured until the All-star break. The most interesting part of this trade is that these two teams will face each other at their first game, and it will be fun to see Kyrie play against his old teammate Lebron James. Lebron is very happy for Kyrie and wishes him the best. Fans are excited to see what will happen and ready to see who will come out on top. Kyrie Irving will be wearing the number 11 to pay homage to his high school back home, St. Patrick. He also cut his beard to represent a “clean slate” on a new team.