The Miami Heat/Kyrie Irving marriage wasn’t meant to be — at least for now.
Sources: Boston, Cleveland nearing deal on Kyrie Irving, but details still working to completion. Isaiah Thomas, Crowder, pick(s) in talks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017
Sources: Boston, Cleveland on trade call now with league office. Deal is done.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017
Cavs and Celtics on verge of a deal: Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and 2018 Nets pick unprotected, sources say— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) August 22, 2017
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.