The two best teams in the Eastern Conference are reportedly discussing the possibility of a blockbuster deal
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have found the perfect trade partner to make a deal for Kyrie Irving.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the Cavs are reportedly in talks with the Boston Celtics and looking to work out a trade centered on Irving and Celtics star point guard Isaiah Thomas.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski later confirmed the report, adding that the deal would likely also involve Celtics forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, and draft picks in order to bring Irving to Boston.
The move would be a shake up of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and make for an exceptionally compelling potential Conference Finals rematch in 2018.
Irving reportedly had been unhappy with his recent time with the Cavaliers and asked the team for a trade in July, having grown resentful of playing second fiddle to LeBron James. Later reports would come out that Irving shut himself off from teammates for days during their 2017 playoff run.
If the deal goes through, it would drastically change the dynamics of both teams — the Celtics would be indicating to the rest of the league that they are ready to go all in and win now and gain a proven playoff veteran for to their cause, whlie the Cavs would get a new set of assets they could potentially depend on in a post-LeBron era. It would also give Irving a talented team that he could lead, making good on his desire to be the top guy on a roster.
The Celtics and Cavaliers meet in Cleveland on October 17 on TNT in the very first game of the 2017-18 NBA season.