The names in the trade haven’t fully been released, but the deal centers around the two all-star point guards, and obviously the Celtics would have to toss in other contracts.
Shams of the Vertical came in at 5:59 EST Tuesday:
Followed by Woj at 6:16
This is really the only trade that makes sense for the Cavs. They get the point guard that can still help get them to the Finals – Thomas – while not taking on a terrible salary. Thomas is in the final year of his deal, and he’ll be looking for a monster deal next offseason.
They could also pick up a future 1st round pick as well as a wing defender such as Jae Crowder.
Boston gets a dynamic scorer who is younger than Thomas, better defensively (not by much, but he’s an upgrade) and a clutch performer who delivered in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
The Celtics potential starting lineup is downright terrifying, and probably could win 60+ games:
PG – Kyrie Irving/Terry Rozier
SG – Jaylen Brown/Marcus Smart
SF – Gordon Hayward/Semi Ojeleye
PF – Marcus Morris/Jayson Tatum
C – Al Horford/Ante Zizic
That would be three new starters, so there could be some hiccups early, but it’s the best 1-9 in the East, for sure.