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The electric and dynamic talent of Kyrie Irving was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics meanwhile topped the Eastern Conference last season but were beaten by Cleveland in five games in the play-offs.

Crowder averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season for Boston, which marked his fifth National Basketball Association season.

Both players were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. Trading Irving away removes the drama that has clouded the Cavaliers for the past month. Thomas is essentially a shooting guard in a point guard's body, much like Irving, however, the biggest difference is that Thomas may actually be even better off the ball than Irving. However, that didn't seem to be enough for the 25-year-old, who has wanted to be the prime player and focal point on his own team.

The two teams are scheduled to meet in the season opener in Cleveland on October 17 - a date being circled by fans already. With Marcus Smart most likely starting alongside Irving in the backcourt, this leaves the number three picks in the last two drafts, Jaylen Brown in 2016 and Jayson Tatum in 2017, as the first two off the bench for Brad Stevens's team.

There was no obvious path to improvement for the team, and it looked as though they were locked into a future that involved annual losses to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Furthermore, the Celtics lose one first-round pick, but they still have two for next season. He's never played with players like LeBron James or Kevin Love - All-Stars multiple times over who can average 20 or more points. He led Boston to three straight playoff appearances and played this year's postseason with an injured hip that is expected to be 100 percent healed when the season starts. His trade to the Celtics sent shockwaves across the NBA Twitterverse because he was traded to the Cavs' rivals, the Celtics.

Of course, it's way easier to be magnanimous knowing the Cavs got such a great haul for Irving.

"@HDMC2014 added", @Isaiah_Thomas Thanks for everything IT, you will always be a member of the @celtics family, best to you and the family in @cavs".

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