Talk of Trade

Chris Snan, Staff Columnist~

         NBA offseason: the most interesting, talked-about topic of the summer for us sports junkies.

Over the years, the league has been rocked by a mega trade, usually toward the end of the summer. Last year, it was Kevin Durant announcing he would be joining the Golden 

State Warriors and leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder.A few years back, Lebron James, a.k.a the King, released to the public that he was leaving his hometown of Cleveland and taking his talents to South Beach by joining the Miami Heat.

Illustration by Genevieve Griffin.

This summer, two mega trades took place. Star small forward, Gordon Hayward, left the Utah Jazz and teamed up with Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics. Many fans believed that Hayward would stay put in Utah and continue to play well in the Western Conference, but that changed.

More recently, another block-buster trade occurred. Star point-guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving, demanded a trade from his team and told the league and fans that he wanted to be “the star player of the team;” in other words, he wanted to man a team.

Irving received a lot of negative criticism for this decision, mainly for wanting to leave the side of Lebron James, one of the greatest players to ever play the game. However, on Aug. 29 Irving’s wishes were granted, and the mega trade of the summer was made official.

Cleveland and Boston raised talks about the mega trade involving the star point guard, Kyrie Irving from Cleveland, and sending him to Boston in return for star point guard Isaiah Thomas, starting small forward Jae Crowder, the Nets’ 2018 first-round draft pick and another first-round draft pick in 2020.

Over the past few weeks, Boston and Cleveland have engaged in discussions regarding this trade. Just this week, the two teams finalized the deal and made headline news.