After a full month of rampant speculation, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally traded away Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, of all teams. Why would you deal him to a rival like that if you’re the Cavs?
Well, turns out, they could’ve done a whole lot more damage.
In fact, Cleveland had called the Golden State Warriors about a potential Kyrie-for-Klay Thompson swap before the Celtics deal was on the table.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 23, 2017
This would’ve also been a league-altering trade had it gone down, but it’s easy to see why it didn’t.
Was Kyrie supposed to play alongside Steph, completely off the ball? Probably, right?
Second, and more importantly, Klay Thompson is a perfect fit for the Warriors. He’s an excellent shooter who can guard an opposing team’s best wing player, taking pressure off of both Curry and Kevin Durant. On the Cavs, he looks a lot more marginalized, Kevin Love-style.
After going through everything the Warriors did to maintain their superteam this offseason, there was no way they were going to break them up to help the Cavs get rid of a problem. Not even for the chance at landing a player as talented as Kyrie Irving.