Now that the Boston Celtics have traded for Kyrie Irving, let’s take a look at some winners and losers from the trade between the Celtics and Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers had the Kyrie Irving trade saga over their heads for over a month now. Per reports, they reached out to multiple Western Conference teams, but to no avail.
They reached out to Boston and a trade was in the works. Boston is sending Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, Jae Crowder and the 2018 Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick for Kyrie Irving.
As with any trade, there are always sides that benefit and sides that don’t. Let’s take a look to see five winners and losers from this Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas mega-trade.
5. Loser: Isaiah Thomas’ Brinks Truck aspirations
As the last pick in the NBA Draft in 2011, Isaiah Thomas, has moved around from team to team and never gotten a large contract.
Thomas is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and has made it clear on numerous occasions that he wants to get paid.
Recently, Thomas had a “Brinks Truck” joke on his sneakers, which basically shows how badly he wants his team to back up the truck and pay him nearly $200 million this upcoming summer.
But here’s the problem: Cleveland doesn’t exactly know what direction it’s going in. LeBron James could bounce in 2018, which means Thomas won’t get the max deal from the Cavaliers. The King could stay but not want to keep Thomas at top dollar either.
Either way, Thomas’ monetary aspirations seem to take a hit, even if it means he’ll be in the NBA Finals in the near future.