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Why the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn't have gotten a better deal

Why the Cleveland Cavaliers couldn't have gotten a better deal

Despite competing in three straight NBA Finals - winning one - the Cavs seemed to endure some discord this offseason with Dan Gilbert failing to renew former general manager David Griffin's contract. Irving, 25, can not become a free agent for two more seasons and his contract includes a player option for 2019-20.

It is not easy to sell a disgruntled player because the buyer naturally makes a low-ball offer.

James and Irving will now face each other as opponents when the Cavaliers play the Celtics to open the season October 17 in Cleveland. You can book it now: the Cavs and Celtics will collide again for the conference title in May. "At the same time, a very exciting time (to add) one of the best offensive players in the league". He's been an NBA Champion, an Olympic Gold Medalist, and a four-time All-Star.

The Boston Celtics dropped a bomb on the National Basketball Association world Tuesday night, finalizing a blockbuster trade that landed them Kyrie Irving - while sending Isaiah Thomas and others to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Crowder is a tough, tough defender.

Isaiah Thomas is three years older than Irving, but he posted better regular-season stats.

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Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game last season while shooting 47.3 percent from the field which was also a career high.

The top-seeded Celtics were eliminated by the Cavs in five games in the Eastern Conference finals last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs the previous two years to the Atlanta Hawks (2016) and Cavs (2015). All Boston did was get 3 years younger and 6 inches taller, but neither team's style of play should shift all that dramatically based on the exchange of these two stars.

The Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith contracts would be challenging to move, but Smith may accept a buyout and Thompson will be just 27 next year. Together, Thomas and Crowder provide a volume scorer in the backcourt to replace Irving and a 3-and-D wing to complement LeBron James. Many NBA insiders believe it allows the Cavs to take one more shot at the Golden State Warriors next season while still protecting the franchise's future.

The draft pick could end up being the best prize of all. They have to feel good about that, plus they don't lose much in Crowder, given he plays small forward.

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