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Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving to Celtics

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The Celtics’ inclusion of an unprotected 2018 pick from the Nets made them a better trade partner than the Heat.

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The Miami Heat/Kyrie Irving marriage wasn’t meant to be — at least for now.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Kyrie Irving to the team they vanquished in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics.

Although the Miami Heat were on Kyrie Irving’s list of preferred destinations, the Cavaliers could seek out the best deal for their team when trading a player who still has two years left on his contracts. The Heat don’t have draft picks to trade for the next two years, and that 2018 unprotected pick could be reap huge rewards for the Cavaliers.

Pat Riley is probably not surprised. Heat executives reportedly thought that the prospect of an Irving trade was a long shot. Looks like we’ll go into training camp with Miami’s current roster construction.