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On August 22nd, 2017 the NBA champion point guard, Kyrie Irving, was traded to the Boston Celtics. The Celtics received only Kyrie Irving, while the Cavaliers got Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic. They also revived the Celtics’ 2018 first round pick as well as the Miami Heat’s 2020 second round pick.

Kyrie Irving being traded somewhere was no surprise to many basketball fans. Before any thought of trading Irving, he requested to be traded. His request to be traded, however, was a very big surprise to many fans as well as his teammates. The Cavaliers had been to three straight NBA Finals with Kyrie and Lebron leading the team.

Summit High School student Wyatt Buller, when asked why he thought that Kyrie wanted to leave the Cavaliers, said “He didn’t want to play under LeBron, and wanted to have a more starring role on the team he played on.”  Similarly, Dimitri Preciado said, “He wanted his own team, he didn’t want to be with LeBron anymore.”

Kyrie and LeBron played together for three seasons and went to the finals in all three years. They won the NBA championship in 2016. This left many fans and teammates wondering why Kyrie did not even tell Lebron about his decision to request a trade. Kyrie Irving, when asked why he did not tell LeBron, said “Why would I have to?” Differing from Kyrie, SHS student, Marcus Popoff, said, “I think Kyrie should have definitely told LeBron about the trade, because it would give Lebron a piece of mind about what he might have to do in the offseason to get better, and that Kyrie is moving on to a new chapter in the NBA.”

The discussion of what team won the trade was also a very hot topic after the trade was finalized. Many SHS students were asked about this. Kobe Cortright said, “I think the Celtics did, because Kyrie Irving is better than Isaiah Thomas in my opinion.” Wyatt Buller had a different opinion and said that the Cavaliers did because Kyrie was not the best player on the Cavs and they gained three or four more players from the trade.

The Kyrie Irving trade has had so many people talking about his reasoning for leaving and how he will do this year with the Celtics. Irving will need to adapt to a new city to play in and play with new teammates. He will no longer have a veteran role model in LeBron James to guide him and will have to lead the team all on his own. The Celtics travel to Cleveland for the first game of the season. Will Irving play well or choke under the pressure?

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