August 22nd, 2017. It’s a day most of us remember. The Celtics were about to start training camp soon, and it looked as if the scrappy Celtics that made it to the Eastern Conference Finals from a year ago were on the same course… But that all changed with one trade.
Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas (and others) sent shockwaves throughout the NBA world. A superstar who had won a championship before in Kyrie Irving was being traded to the Celtics for Thomas, Jae Crowder (good riddance), Ante Zizic, and a coveted Brooklyn first round pick.
On the plus side, the Celtics were in a situation where this trade almost certainly had to be done. Isaiah Thomas had an injured hip from the previous season, but we soon learned it was much more serious than previously thought; trading IT saved the Celtics from having a broken commodity at the position. Boston eventually included an additional draft pick (future second rounder from Miami) to get the deal done.
In turn for trading for a superstar, the Celtics cleared up the log jam at small forward (Tatum and Hayward were better). They also got rid of their own star who clearly wasn’t going to take them anywhere with that hip injury. The return was two years of Irving’s prime with the possibility of him re-signing (boy were we fools to think he’d stay). What more could you ask? A championship? Not likely given they had to face the Warriors but we’ll never know now.
Irving even got career highs in assists and rebounds during his time with the Celtics. But where he he had a knack for scoring, he lacked big time in leadership.
In the 2018 playoffs, the Celtics made it all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals without Irving. Guess who wasn’t on the bench for that game? Irving. Why? Because he was getting a nose job instead of rooting for his teammates. Yes, he just had knee surgery, but even Hayward supported his teammates. Maybe Kyrie was hurt his team almost made it the Finals without him. His fragile ego was bruised.
Then there was the 2018-2019 season, one that seemed to never end. It started with Irving saying:
“If you guys will have me back, I plan on resigning here.”
Then, for some reason months later, he said he didn’t “owe anybody shit.” For months after, people blamed the media for Kyrie changing his position from before the season. But what everyone failed to realize was he’s just an unpredictable weirdo!
Then when people questioned if he was staying, not a word from him. It’s sucks that the guy Celtics GM Danny Ainge took a risk on was being some psycho who couldn’t keep a promise. He did the same in Cleveland when some kid asked him if he would stay and he said yes. Probably ruined that kids innocence, which is a hilarious bonus.
The playoffs seemed promising after crushing the Pacers. But that only led to them being drop kicked by the Bucks.
Now, Kyrie has reportedly GHOSTED the Celtics, and has intentions of signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Shame! Shame! Shame!
He needs to skedadle. Ske-fucking-dadle!
Now, the Celtics are in search of a starting point guard and a bench player since that other dipshit Rozier can’t keep his mouth shut. I mean, he swears he’s the next Kobe. Shame.
Had the Celtics not traded for Kyrie and kept the Brooklyn pick, we could have had Colin Sexton (pretty productive rookie year) to compliment Jaylen Brown and Tatum. But that’s assuming Isaiah Thomas left (we weren’t gonna pay him), and Terry Rozier was our only option. In the long run, it may have hurt their chances at Anthony Davis. But he’s been a loser since he’s got into the league. Only one playoff series win.
You guys wanted Jimmy Butler on the team instead? Fuck that! That’s almost as bad as having a toxic Kyrie Irving. Paul George? Maybe. Maybe not. It still wouldn’t be enough to get you over the hump. The only thing I can criticize about this year is how Kyrie and Hayward stopped Tatum and Browns growth this year. Not enough minutes or shots.
Now Horford’s gone and the Celtics are still in pretty decent shape. Can’t win them all, but this trade certainly wasn’t a loss either. Like I said earlier, you got rid of a logjam at the small forward position, you got rid of Thomas (who shouldn’t have played at all the following year), you got rid of Ante Zizic who was useless. And it cost you a lottery pick, but you never know how draft picks are going to work out. All I’m saying is you better keep your paws off Ainge. People saying he hasn’t done much clearly don’t watch basketball enough. Tons of Eastern Conference Finals appearances, 1 championship, bitched the Nets into a bunch of picks, and essentially brought relevancy back to Boston Celtics basketball. He undid the mess Rick Pitino left behind. Be grateful people!
This trade for the Celtics has its ups and definitely its downs. The only things Ainge really risked here was the Brooklyn pick and possibly stopping Brown and Tatums growth for a bit. Now? The superstar he took a gamble on looks ready to move to Brooklyn (they might not even be interested in him), but Ainge still has two young potential superstars for the next how many years; but that is assuming Brown doesn’t get traded.
This trade is declared…. no contest!