Danny Ainge on Kyrie Irving: 'His best years are ahead of him'

Danny Ainge on Kyrie Irving: 'His best years are ahead of him'

Danny Ainge on Kyrie Irving: 'His best years are ahead of him'

After a long wait, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a trade deal with the #Boston Celtics for Kyrie Irving [VIDEO].

The Celtics finished the 2016-17 regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference, only to get rolled 4-1 by the Cavs in the Eastern Conference final.

Crowder, a physical player, averaged 13.9 points a game last season, and Zizic is a highly regarded prospect from Europe. Trading one player for three players and a first-round draft pick is both significant and rare.

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally pulled the trigger on a Kyrie Irving trade. Thomas is their only significant loss; however, Irving has more of his prime left than Thomas does. However, that didn't seem to be enough for the 25-year-old, who has wanted to be the prime player and focal point on his own team.

LeBron gave his respect and thanked Kyrie for the three seasons the pair had spent together, resulting in three straight Finals appearances and of course, the 2016 National Basketball Association championship, which wouldn't be residing in Cleveland if it wasn't for Kyrie's huge shot over Curry in Game 7.

Thomas, 28, blossomed in his second full season in Boston, following stints in Sacramento, which made him the final pick in the 2011 draft, and Phoenix.

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Irving's request for a trade was a de facto divorce from superstar LeBron James, who is eligible for free agency next season.

Kyrie Irving had his preferences to be traded, but the Cavs have given him the Celtics as his next team. He's never played with players like LeBron James or Kevin Love - All-Stars multiple times over who can average 20 or more points.

His reputation in Boston was cemented when he led the Celtics through the playoffs last season despite the death of his sister on the eve of the postseason.

The reason this starts to tilt the power into the Celtics favor is that this team continually adds All-Star talent without sacrificing their depth. His trade to the Celtics sent shockwaves across the NBA Twitterverse because he was traded to the Cavs' rivals, the Celtics.

What it does do, is place a much higher significance on the final seeding throughout the Eastern Conference.

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