Kyrie Irving has reportedly given the Cavaliers four teams - the Heat, Spurs, T'Wolves and Knicks - which he would prefer to be traded to, but that has not stopped the Boston Celtics from expressing interest. That's according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported this on Friday:
The Celtics are monitoring, but it's unclear how aggressive they'll get -- and how motivated the Cavaliers would be to make a deal with their fiercest conference rival.
Okay, this is an interesting one to dissect on many accounts, including from the perspective of those who follow the Wizards. At first blush, of course the Celtics make sense for an Irving trade. They, as you may have heard, have plenty of tradable assets, so many that they got panned for not trading for stars like Paul George and Jimmy Butler when they were available.
But Irving is a very intriguing fit for Boston if (and pretty much only if) they part with Isaiah Thomas in such a deal. It does not seem like Thomas and Irving could play with each other, given how handicapped the Celtics would be in terms of size on the defensive end of the floor.
What if they traded places, though? Say the Celtics shipped Thomas and another piece to Cleveland for Irving. Another piece may need to be involved on Boston's end because Thomas has one year left on his contract compared to two plus a player option for Irving. If they traded places, the Cavs would replace Irving with an even better scorer at the same position. Meanwhile, the Celtics would get a similar player under contract for an extra year.
From the Wizards' perspective, any deal involving those two teams would be fascinating. Depending on what you think of the Raptors, the Cavs and Celtics could be the only two teams in the East who will be favored over Washington entering the 2017-18 season. A deal could work out well for both sides, or it could disrupt what they already had going and be a net positive for the Wizards.