Kyrie officially a Celtic after trade finalized

Kyrie officially a Celtic after trade finalized

Cavs general manager Koby Altman confirmed the agreement to the Akron Beacon Journal. The deal hit a snag after it was agreed upon due to apparent concerns over Isaiah Thomas' injured hip.

In a video message "just to Cleveland", Irving, who was officially dealt to the Boston Celtics earlier this month, reflected "to my teammates, insane stories, crazy experiences, and unbelievable human beings, man". The Cavs accommodated him on August 22, acquiring Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas, small forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first-round pick.

"The trade is now complete", the teams said in their statement.

The teams had a deadline of 10 a.m. Thursday to agree on the trade, which was prompted by Irving demanded to be dealt in July.

Irving reportedly flew to Boston for his tests Saturday.

Thomas ended his season prematurely after aggravating a recurring torn right labrum in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, ironically against the Cavaliers. He wanted to get traded before the season started - and got his request.

"There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career".

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If the Kyrie Irving trade goes through in its current form, the Celtics are expected to give the Cavs a stiff challenge during next year's postseason. "I've had the unique opportunity to play with one of the greats and it was awesome".

"I am not damaged", Thomas told Wojnarowski Tuesday.

The Boston Celtics had their press conference introducing both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and it appears as though the two of them may have already had their "did we just become best friends" moment.

Why, you ask? It all started in National Basketball Association 2K14 when Irving's former teammate LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014.

Irving is coming to Boston from Cleveland in exchange for a package that included All-Star Isaiah Thomas.

And how fitting is this, the Cavs will host the duo and the Boston Celtics Oct. 17 for the Cavaliers season opener. The Cavs then announced they had scrapped their plans, saying the delay and increased interest rates would drive up the cost of the project.

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