By Danny Picard
BOSTON — Kyrie Irving is a Boston Celtic because Danny Ainge isn’t a fool.
On Tuesday night, the Celtics traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 2018 Brooklyn Pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Irving.
I won’t lie. When I first heard the news, I was shocked. I didn’t think the Celtics and Cavaliers would even consider a swap like this. If anything, I had been hoping the Celtics jumped in as a third team to try and help Cleveland send a reportedly disgruntled Irving somewhere else, in the hopes that the C’s would land another draft pick and help the Cavs get worse.
Well, the Cavs didn’t necessarily get worse on Tuesday night. But for the Celtics — once the moving pieces of this deal were on the table — this was a trade they just had to pull the trigger on.