The NBA landscape has changed dramatically since the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship. Paul George and Jimmy Butler went west. Chris Paul left Lala land for Houston but nothing prepared us for the most unusual alliances and trades in the history of the NBA.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics have swapped point guards.
Big welcome to @KyrieIrving but most importantly-I’m gonna miss IT & Jae. You’ll always b my big bros! Thx 4 everything over last few years!
— marcus smart (@smart_MS3) August 23, 2017
The move is a shake up of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, and makes for an exceptionally compelling potential Conference Finals rematch in 2018.
The Deal Drastically Changes the Dynamics of Both Teams
The Celtics have indicated to the rest of the league that they are ready to go all in and win now and gain a proven playoff veteran for to their cause. Meanwhile, the Cavs received a new set of assets they could potentially depend on in a post-LeBron era if he were to leave as a free agent after the season.
Isaiah Thomas literally played a game 11 hours after his sister died in a car crash for this team and this TRASH ass fan base. https://t.co/U7PcQla8sw
— 🔌💣 (@LuckYLEFTY__) August 23, 2017
It also gives Irving a talented team that he could lead, making good on his reported desire to be the top guy on a roster.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the Boston Celtics’ 2013-14 roster versus their 2017-18 roster. Danny Ainge has done an incredible job. pic.twitter.com/3jXCBBh5s6
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 23, 2017
In a stroke of luck for the NBA and TNT, the Celtics and Cavaliers meet in Cleveland on October 17 on TNT in the first game of the 2017-18 NBA season.
Kyrie Irving wanted to get out of LeBron James’ shadow. Now he has gone right into the King’s line of fire. Be careful what you wish for, Kyrie. Irving’s path to a fourth straight Finals now goes directly through northeast Ohio, where the wrath of LeBron, Cavaliers fans and other former teammates will lie in wait.
The league is soft now and it’s become a culture of selfish brand building instead of building a legacy and dynasties, as a team. Pippen never wanted to leave Jordan for selfish reasons. The Bulls would of never inquired about Reggie Miller or Patrick Ewing, in their primes. Today’s NBA resembles it’s social media counterparts.