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2017-18 NBA Regular Season: “The Kyrie-Isaiah Trade” Evaluated

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In August of 2017, as a teaser for the excitement for the upcoming season, NBA fans were treated to a blockbuster trade between two powerhouses, the Boston Celtics and their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The specific terms of this trade were that Boston received Kyrie Irving in exchange for sending Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Boston’s 2018 first round pick (originally belonging to the Brooklyn Nets) to Cleveland.

Interested in what Isaiah Thomas thought about being traded from Boston just a few months after his best season? Read his article published in The Players’ Tribune or watch his documentary, Book of Isaiah II, also published in The Players’ Tribune.

As soon as this trade went through, analysts from every network pitched in their two cents on who “won” the trade. The general consensus seemed to be that because of Thomas’ hip injury and that he wouldn’t return until January of 2018, the trade couldn’t really be evaluated until then. NBA fans needed to see how Isaiah Thomas’ game meshed with LeBron James. Shortly after Thomas’ return to action, before anyone could fairly evaluate the trade, the Cavs shipped him out along with Channing Frye and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers. In return, the Cavs received Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson from LA.

Currently, with the regular season winding down, it’s pretty clear that Boston benefited the most from the trade. Although Irving is injured at the moment, he has ignited the Celtics offense and has helped develop some of the game’s of young talents in Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown, and Jayson Tatum. Because of this, Boston has been able to stay afloat in Irving’s absence. The Celtics will most likely claim the second seed in the Eastern Conference. On the other hand, the Cavs, who had struggled mightily before their trade deadline day frenzy, have somewhat revived their season. The new guys seem to have meshed well with LeBron. Their record since the trade deadline is 13-8. Although it is not ideal, any Cavs fan or analyst will tell you the Cavs don’t try in the regular season and LeBron can “switch it on” for the postseason. Unfortunately, it seems to be a pattern that Isaiah Thomas draws the short straw in these situations. On top of his unexpected departure from Boston, then short-lived tenure in Cleveland, Thomas looked to LA as an opportunity to recreate some of the magic he worked last season with Boston. However, when dealt to the Lakers, Thomas was informed that he would most likely be coming off the bench because of LA’s commitment to rookie Lonzo Ball. So coming off the bench, Thomas tried made the most of his situation and he averaged close to 19 points per game. Sadly, last week, Thomas suffered another hip injury and will be out for the rest of the season. An Isaiah Thomas hip injury sparked a trade chain reaction for the 2017-18 season. Deja vu could open the door for a similar thing to happen next season. Overall, it is clear to see with this much trade drama, the Eastern Conference Playoffs will not be its usual LeBron dominated self. Need a place to be a part of the postseason action? FanWide has you covered! Enjoy a game watch party for any of your favorite NBA playoff teams.

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