We all know how the Kyrie Irving saga in Cleveland ended. He was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, pairing up with Gordon Hayward and the young core to help lead them to the NBA Finals.
Unfortunately, Hayward was hurt in the first game of the season, but Irving has led Boston to the best record in the league as of now.
Before anything even went down and around the time that Kyrie asked to be traded, one person in the building advised against it. Coach Tyronn Lue had seen this happen in Los Angeles when Kobe Bryant was on the Lakers and he told GM Koby Altman to keep him.
Altman told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin about that time period.
“That was awesome. Talk about getting your texts, your phone blowing up. It was like, ‘Congratulations, but how do you want to move Kyrie?’
We wanted to figure out, is this real? Is Kyrie someone we might want to bring back and say, ‘Hey, look, players have figured it out in the past. You’re going to figure it out. We’re going to still be really good, we’re going to be winning games, so it’s not going to be all awful.’ You know what I mean? So thinking about the parameters of that, the implications of that was something we were also always debating.”
It has yet to be seen who won the trade, but as of now, it seems like Boston has, considering Isaiah Thomas has not played a game for the Cavs as of yet.
He makes his debut tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, though.