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The stats behind the Irving-Thomas trade

A year after facing off in the Eastern Conference Finals, the star guards have switched teams.

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The Cavaliers-Celtics trade is the first offseason deal in NBA history with players who met in the previous year's NBA Finals or Conference Finals. (Via Elias Sports Bureau).

LeBron, Isaiah share mutual respect (0:32)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Astoundingly, only four of the 15 players from last year's Celtics team that made the Eastern Conference finals remain in Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Terry Rozier. Since the end of the season, the Celtics have traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley, and bid farewell to key contributors in Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko.

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Kyrie Irving went from 50-to-1 to 25-to-1 to win NBA MVP per Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Isaiah Thomas went from 30-to-1 to 100-to-1.

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Kyrie Irving was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Isaiah Thomas was the last pick (60th overall) in that same draft).

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Kyrie Irving averaged 22.4 points in 3 seasons with LeBron James, the most points by any James' teammate in his career.

Amin Elhassan 'Very little drop-off in Isaiah Thomas' (1:17)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Trading Kyrie Irving will save Cleveland $29.1M in tax savings. Cleveland tax is now $49.3M down from $78.4M with 15 guaranteed contracts.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

By far the biggest question in this Kyrie Irving trade is the health of Isaiah Thomas. If he can get back to the level he was at last year, the Cavs may not miss much this year AND they get an exceptionally valuable draft pick. If not, Cleveland has a major problem to solve with IT due for a big contract For the Celtics, this is a huge risk/high reward move. If Kyrie is a true superstar, they both weakened the Cavs and got a great young player on a good contract. If not they could have just cashed in three great trade assets for a player who could leave in 2 years.

Cavs thinking long term, Celtics ready to win (2:11)
Celtics get championship-tested player with Irving (1:26)

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No pair of 25 points-per-game scorers have ever been swapped for each other the following season. Until now Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas will be the first in NBA history (via Elias Sports Bureau).

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With the trade of Kyrie Irving to Boston, Tristan Thompson becomes the lone player left on the Cavaliers roster who was there before LeBron James returned in 2014.

Cavs planning for future if LeBron leaves (1:41)

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Westgate Las Vegas made no changes on title odds after the reported Kyrie Irving deal. Cavs are 4-1, while Celtics are 10-1.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

As a reminder, the 2017-18 regular season opens with Boston at Cleveland (Oct. 17, 8 p.m. ET). It's the only game the Celtics will play in Cleveland in the regular season (the Cavs will visit Boston twice).

Inclusion of Nets' 2018 first-round pick advanced Kyrie trade (1:51)

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The Cavaliers would accomplish the goal they set forth when entertaining Kyrie Irving trade packages. A top 15 PG (Thomas), wing on a controllable contract (Crowder) and a draft asset (2018 BKN 1st). All 3 assets keeps the Cavaliers a championship level team now with an eye also towards the future.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Isaiah Thomas will have 7 years of service next summer as a FA. Cleveland would inherit his bird rights and could pay him a max salary starting at $30.6M. The Cavaliers a likely tax team next summer if LeBron James returns can exceed the cap/tax to bring back Thomas based on his bird rights.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Jae Crowder has one of the friendliest cap #'s in the NBA: $6.8M, $7.3M and $7.8M. Will not enter FA until the summer of 2020.

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Cavs deal Kyrie to Celtics for Isaiah, Nets pick

The Celtics have acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 unprotected first-round pick.

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.34th
Rebounds Per Game43.812th
Assists Per Game22.713th
Points Allowed107.220th

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