Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Kyrie Irving Admits He Hasn't Spoken With LeBron Since The Trade

Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas is still waiting to have his trade to the Cavs cleared. Christian Petersen Getty Images
Spencer Simpson | 02 September, 2017, 00:44

So after the back-and-forth trade battle, the deal is finally done.

For this season - which opens with the Cavs hosting Boston - Thomas, as well as Crowder, should help James keep Cleveland in contention for another NBA Finals appearance. While somewhat vague about his intentions, the All-Star guard explained some of the reasons that led to him requesting the Cavaliers trade him following six seasons - and three straight trips to the NBA Finals.

The Celtics ultimately refused to include anything more than a future second-rounder, and the Cavs chose to move forward with the deal rather than risk it falling apart and having to accept a lesser offer from another team.

Because Thomas is in the final year of his contract - which coincides with James' opt-out next summer - Cleveland has an urgency to get Thomas on the court this season.

Kyrie Irving, left, and Isaiah Thomas are set to switch jerseys.

"There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career", Thomas said. "And connecting with everyone because it matters and I care, and I love the world and I love people", the point guard said.

When reports emerged that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland because he wanted to be "the man", everyone was taken aback - and rightfully so.

Kyrie Irving's blockbuster move to the Boston Celtics from the Cleveland Cavaliers has been completed following a delay caused by concerns over an injury to Isai ah Thomas, the teams confirmed.

In return for dealing him to Boston, the Cavaliers netted All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Ziric, and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first round draft pick. The Celtics can win right now, but that is still a tough task with LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers as well as the Golden State Warriors standing in their way.

Irving is expected to have his introductory press conference in Boston on Friday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Given that the Cavaliers only got a future second-round pick, the information they learned at the physical was presumably not much more than they were originally given by the Celtics. "On behalf of the Los Angeles Lakers, I want to express our regret over this unfortunate incident to both our fans and the National Basketball Association".

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