In a shocking turn of events, the Boston Celtics emerged from the shadows and became the team that traded for Kyrie Irving. The trade is said to be revolving around Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, picks, and the man who I never wanted to leave Boston, Isaiah Thomas. Don’t confuse my sorrow of trading away IT; Kyrie Irving is a bad, bad man. But so is Isaiah. You’d have to really entice me to even accept a Kyrie for Thomas trade straight up, but now you’re adding in Crowder, Zizic, and picks? That’s where I’m thrown off.
Let’s start off with the elephant in the room. Trading away Isaiah is by far the worst part of this deal. The Celtics get in return an elite point guard who is about to enter the prime of his career. Trading away next year’s Brooklyn pick hurts a lot, but losing IT hurts a whole lot more.
Fun fact about me, I’m not much into purchasing jerseys, for any team of any sport. Buying cheap jerseys online are different, but I’m talking about actual jerseys. The only time I buy jerseys is because of how confident I am that player won’t get traded or is already retired. I own three Celtics’ jerseys; Marcus Smart, RJ Hunter, and Isaiah Thomas. And no, I don’t regret buying RJ Hunter’s jersey. My point is, I got Isaiah’s jersey because of how much I loved and appreciated the guy. I didn’t just love and appreciate Isaiah Thomas, the player, but I also loved and appreciated Isaiah Thomas, the man.
Isaiah Thomas was the turnaround of the Celtics’ franchise. He was like the Undertaker and returned the Celtics’ franchise from the dead. We were “rebuilding” when he came to town. It’s safe to say that because of Isaiah, we aren’t rebuilding anymore. He wasn’t expected to be any more than a spark-plug sixth man who could come off the bench and score some much-needed points for us. As we all know, that never happened. Isaiah Thomas became much more to the city of Boston that anybody could’ve ever imagined. Isaiah Thomas BECAME the Boston Celtics. He brought the Celtics back to relevancy. He made Boston a contender again. When you think of the Celtics, you think of Isaiah Thomas. That man has poured every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears that he had onto that hardwood floor. He played through injuries. He played with his tooth knocked out. He set records and gave fans memories that’ll last a lifetime. The ultimate sacrifice he made for Boston was continuing to play even after his sister passed away. Nobody expected him to play, but he did. He left it all on the line for her. As I look at his jersey hanging on my wall, all I can think about is how strong he was, and how much he meant to the city of Boston. The city of Boston and all its fans loved Isaiah Thomas, and he gave that love right back.
I defend Isaiah when critics and haters say he doesn’t deserve a max. I defend Isaiah when keyboard warriors state that he can’t be the star or starter on a championship team. That will not change. If you wore Celtic green, and you wore that jersey with pride, you’ll have my respect for a lifetime. No matter where Isaiah plays in the future, he’ll always have a place in my heart, and in the heart of many, many Celtics’ fans. I’ll defend that man till the day I die. He’s a superstar. I’ve said it before, and I’ll continue saying. He’s proved that more than enough in Boston, and I hope Cleveland fans appreciate what he does for them as much as I appreciate what he’s done for Boston.
As far as Kyrie goes, I’m happy he’ll be playing for us and not the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving has been a Celtic killer over the years, so having him on the good side helps a lot. By making this trade, the Celtics turn a 28-year-old Isaiah Thomas into a 25-year-old Kyrie Irving. Being three years apart doesn’t sound like much, but Kyrie is about to enter his prime, and a prime Kyrie Irving should be absolutely filthy. The only thing Kyrie has on Thomas too is that he has 3 years of Finals’ experience under his belt. That goes a long way as far as getting one step closer to winning a championship. In Brad Stevens’ system, I can see Kyrie averaging 30 points per game. I honestly believe that. He’s going to be an absolute monster on the Celtics, but it’ll just take some time to get used to, that’s all. Also, the duo of Kyrie and Gordon Hayward will be deadly.
The Celtics are still building towards the future, even though they traded away the Brooklyn pick. Their star player is now three years younger, and still have a pick next year, which will be one of the most loaded draft classes in recent history. Having Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Kyrie Irving, next years pick, and others around for their primes will be a terrifyingly good team. The Celtics are inching closer and closer to looking more like the Warriors. They’re drafting their future superstars, and going out to get other superstars to compete now. The only problem is, Isaiah Thomas is already a superstar (sad face).
This trade will be a hard one to process, and it will take a while to feel good about it. Trading away the Brooklyn pick was the nail in the coffin. That is what’s upsetting me the most. Trading Isaiah, Crowder, and Zizic for Kyrie is fine. It’s hard to accept but okay, whatever. But trading away the Brooklyn pick? That’s where the big red alarm starts to go off. Giving up the Brooklyn pick means the Celtics got robbed as of this very moment. We gave up an equally talented point guard and assets that would’ve helped us contend for many years ahead for Kyrie Irving. Again, I’m not trying to talk down on Kyrie, because he is an incredible basketball player, but I think the Celtics gave up too much. I know other fanbases will criticize Boston fans for being upset over giving up the pick and the assets, and say we couldn’t hold onto those assets forever, but the issue is I don’t feel we needed to pull this trade off. We already had Isaiah (typing “had” hurt a whole lot more than you think). In my eyes, Isaiah and Kyrie are players of equal talent, plus or minus a few inches. Giving up all that for a guy who averaged fewer points and had a worse defensive rating than IT last year makes little to no sense to me. Danny Ainge saved up all these assets to pull off a blockbuster trade. This is it. Kyrie will be amazing for the Celtics, but as of right now I’m not the biggest fan of the trade. In time, maybe, but not right now. I already miss Isaiah way too much.
The Cavaliers traded the No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft for the 60th pick in the 2011 Draft. Think about that. Isaiah Thomas is a superstar, and I’ll miss him so much. I can’t wait for him to come to Boston and drop 40 on us. It’ll be a bittersweet feeling. Kyrie, welcome to Boston. Play your ass off, and we’ll accept you just like we accepted Isaiah. All I’m saying is you got some pretty big shoes to fill (ironic, right?).