But the Cleveland Cavaliers come away with the best package: two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas, premier wing defender Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round pick, as Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported.
Irving, who reportedly requested a trade from Cleveland last month, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst , will now get to be the face of a franchise that serves as the Cavaliers' primary roadblock to a fourth straight Finals trip.
With Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon and Kay Felder as the only other point guards on the roster, it was important for Cleveland to get a starting floor general back in any Irving trade.
This trade is all about improving Boston's ceiling now while laying the groundwork for the next five to 10 years of East supremacy, especially if James leaves Cleveland in free agency next summer.
Having already lost Avery Bradley to a trade, moving on from Crowder has to hurt the Celtics' wing defense, as it gives them few options left to guard James.
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