Now that the Boston Celtics have traded for Kyrie Irving, we’re going to hear about all the deals that didn’t happen.
And here’s a juicy one: Even though Milwaukee wasn’t on Kyrie Irving’s list – hey, Boston wasn’t, either – the Bucks offered Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, sharpshooter Khris Middleton and a 2018 1st round pick in exchange for Kyrie Irving.
The Boston trade, obviously, is much better. The piece being talked about the least is Jae Crowder, an excellent wing defender … who will draw Kevin Durant in the Finals. LeBron can go back to freelancing in the paint defensively, like he did in the 2016 Finals.
Brogdon is a big point guard who would be a significant defensive upgrade against Stephen Curry, but he’s not a take-over scorer the way Kyrie was and Isaiah Thomas can be. Middleton shot 43 percent on 3-pointers last year, and at 6-foot-8, also could be the guy who chases around Durant. It certainly won’t be LeBron again, that’s for sure.