Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas Reportedly Traded in Cavaliers, Celtics Mega Deal

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistAugust 22, 2017

BOSTON, MA - MAY 17:  Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics handles the ball against Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half during Game One of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics reportedly pulled off a blockbuster trade revolving around Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Charania provided the full details of the deal:

Irving, 25, has been in search of a new home since he reportedly requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.  

On Aug. 15, Adrian Wojnarowski of reported the Cavaliers were "fixated on a young star" in return for Irving. At 28 years old with one year remaining on his deal, it's unclear whether Thomas would meet that requirement. 

However, a package consisting of Thomas and young players or draft picks—the Celtics own the Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round selection, for instance—could meet the Cavaliers' demands. 

Irving, meanwhile, has two years and approximately $39 million remaining on a contract that includes a $21.3 million player option for the 2019-20 season. 

Given the Celtics' treasure trove of assets and win-now mindset, they seem like the most logical trade partner for the Cavaliers. 

And with Cleveland intent to trade Irving before his value depreciates, pulling the trigger on this deal before the 2017-18 season starts makes sense if the defending Eastern Conference champions want to have a more stable foundation in place for years to come. 

That said, the reported move between the two will be dissected endlessly considering they just squared off for a spot in the NBA Finals and figure to represent the class of the East again next season.