Controversial Cavaliers-Celtics Trade Pushes Through

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Updated: September 4, 2017


There has been a lot of locker room talk about the controversial trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. After a week of gossip and issues, the deal finally pushed through.

On Thursday, the Celtics received All-Star guard Kyrie Irving in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic, the first-round NBA picks in next year’s draft. And as a last-minute addition, the second round pick in 2020 was given to the Cavaliers as well.

Why did it take the teams a week to finalize everything?

The blockbuster trade was supposed to have happened last week, but it was delayed because the Cavaliers raised concerns over Thomas’s injured hip. The injury caused the 28-year-old athlete to miss the last three games of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Here’s a little NBA background: Once a trade has been announced, the players involved are given seven days to complete a medical test and the teams are given twenty-four hours to consider the results. According to NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, trades can indeed be cancelled if a player involved fails the physical screening of the new team.

Thomas’s injury has always been out in the open, but there are theories about how the findings made the Cavaliers a bit more hesitant about the deal.

Just how serious is Thomas’s injury? It is called right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

Thomas opted not to have surgery for his injury. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said that they chose a slower treatment and therapies for rehabilitation.

“I’m going to be the same player again,” Thomas promised in a report by ESPN Tuesday.

But now all the drama is over. In spite of all the controversies, everyone now seems happy with the deal.

What does all this mean? How does this change NBA odds?

For the Cavaliers, the Nets pick was probably the most important part of the deal. For Irving, on the other hand, this could be career-changing.

This could be his time to shine! Irving supposedly asked to be traded in July. He was reportedly growing tired of playing shadow to his superstar teammate Lebron James

The 25-year-old point guard was named the rookie of the year during his first year with the Cavaliers. In 2014, he won NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player (MVP). He helped the Cavaliers win the championships in 2016.

The question is how Irving will fit in his new team. How will he adjust?

How does the exchange of players affect betting picks? What should you tell your best bookmaker?

The trade seems to have improved the odds for both teams. This is one of the most interesting trades in the history of NBA. What makes this even more exciting? The Celtics and the Cavaliers will play against each other in the first game next season!

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