Former NBA champion Kyrie Irving has been traded from Cleveland Cavaliers to Boston Celtics for point guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and Brooklyn‘s 2018 unprotected first-round pick the teams announced on Tuesday.  Yes, this blockbuster trade really did happen.

Fresh off a defeat in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, the all-star point guard requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers back in July.  Some people took the request as a swipe at Lebron James while others cited that Irving wanted to be the focal point of his own team.  This trade signifies that Kyrie will be the man in Bean-town.

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge talked about the blockbuster traded.

“This has obviously been a roller coaster of a day for us, trading away Isaiah and Jae and Ante, especially Isaiah and Jae, who have been such a big part of our team and our success and our Celtic culture as leaders of our team. Very, very difficult day,” Ainge said. “At the same time, a very exciting time [to add] one of the best offensive players in the league.” 

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers open the season against each other on October 17th in Cleveland. Stay tuned.

Photo Credit: Ron Schwane/AP