The Celtics overhauled their roster this offseason by replacing 11 players, including Kyrie Irving who was brought in through a blockbuster trade with the Cavaliers, one that sent star Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland. The Celtics gave up a lot to get Irving and Thomas, for one, isn't sure if Boston will be better this season because of it.
Here is what Thomas wrote in the Players' Tribune this week:
It’s not that I don’t understand it. Of course I get it: This is a business. Danny [Ainge] is a businessman, and he made a business move. I don’t agree with it, just personally, and I don’t think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade.
Thomas, who is of course biased in all of this, thinks the Cavs will be much better off:
From a basketball perspective, me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven. If you’ve watched any Celtics games last year, then you know how many times I would have to go through double and even triple teams, just to get my shot off. It ended up working fine for us — guys played great, and my shot was falling. But this year … man, it’s not even going to be a thing. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.
There are varying opinions about which team will be better because of this deal. Vegas sportsbooks, for example, think the Celtics will take a big step forward. Long-term, the Cavs seem to be in very good shape given they acquired a valuable first round pick in the deal.
Truthfully, it's hard to predict what will happen. The Celtics are tossing together a brand new group of players who have never played together before. It's a lot of talent, but that process is easier said than done. If Thomas is right, surely the Wizards and the rest of the Eastern Conference won't complain.
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