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Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman chimed in, saying Boston is a better team after getting Irving. I didn't think the Celtics and Cavaliers would even consider a swap like this.

I'm not insane, believe me.

"Before this trade, I felt the Cavs still had, by far, the premier team in the Eastern Conference and that they would return to the NBA Finals..." he said.

While Irving had drawn criticism due to his mental lapses on defense and his unwillingness to pick up defensive assignments, Thomas is perhaps the only worse player at the position at doing just that - ranked as the worst individual defender among starting point guards.

It will be interesting because Cleveland may package one of those guys and the pick that they received in the deal to try to land some help around the trade deadline during the season.

Replacing Irving as the starting point guard and James' number two man is Thomas, who has been the face of the Celtics franchise since he joined in 2015. Thomas' season ended following Game 2 of the conference finals because of a torn labrum and aggravation of a previous injury. But, there is an argument to be made that he's actually a better fit in Cleveland than Irving is. But it's his postseason performances that jump off the screen and make him a stud.

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LeBron James knows how fans can react negatively to a star player leaving town, having experienced it firsthand when he left Cleveland in 2010 and Miami in 2014. He'd be a valuable asset in a series against Golden State. Thomas, who finished third in the National Basketball Association with an average of 28.9 points in 2016-17, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 campaign.

For his career, Irving carries averages of 21.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists, shooting.457 from the field and.383 from 3-point range.

Long story short, the kid is a stud.

He said that while the deal is now a "gamble trade", but said the addition of a first round pick for next year's draft is an important part of the deal. Fast forward to August of 2017, and the Celtics are still pulling off major moves, trading for Cavaliers' superstar Kyrie Irving.

Signing Hayward provided another reminder that you can't have a million picks and spend them all, as the Celtics now seemingly had three eventual long-term starters in Hayward, Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Danny can also be heard weekends on WEEI 93.7 FM.


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