The Cavs should remain competitive in the hope of convincing LeBron James to stay beyond next summer, when it's been widely speculated that he'll move on to greener pastures.
Aside from the shocking Irving's trade request, some sports analysts also claimed that this deal involving Kyrie and Thomas can already be considered as one of the most surprising and impactful trades in the history of National Basketball Association. Unless there was a very good reason for doing so. And it just seemed like the Cavs had that with LeBron & Irving.
The Cavs sent Kyrie Irving to Boston for Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick. Join the King James Gospel team! Top five for his position, maybe even the best point guard on the court today.
In exchange the Cavaliers received Crowder and Thomas - the two-time All-Star who won hearts in Boston with a big game that belied his small stature and his determination to pursue his playoff dream even after the sudden death of his sister in a road accident.
By trading him now, Boston was able to land a franchise-altering talent in Irving - a player who got the fresh start that he wanted.
He said that while the deal is now a "gamble trade", but said the addition of a first round pick for next year's draft is an important part of the deal. With a cloud of uncertainty over LeBron James' future in Cleveland, the Cavs were gunning for young pieces and draft picks to secure their team post 2018.
Now that Irving's request was granted and he is the star of his team, his MVP odds have gone from 50/1 to 25/1.
"It's great if they win, awful if they lose", a source close to James, referring to the Irving trade, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Make no mistake about it, the Cavaliers got a nice return on Irving. Gordon Hayward paid he's dues as well and made a decision to do what's best for him and family.
Yet Irving's track record shows that now is an optimal time to invest in him.
The NBA 2K Twitter account noticed the trade when it was announced last night, but couldn't say much at the time. His effort on both ends of the floor in the recent NBA Finals helped the Warriors regain the championship title.
Irving is a 25-year-old point guard with two years left on his deal with the third year being a player option.
James will now try to blend his skills with Thomas, a point guard who likes to have the ball in his hands.