“This trade needed to include both players and assets that we felt strongly could help us continue to compete for championships and we believe it does,” said Altman. “We look forward to Isaiah, Jae and Ante joining us and also felt that the unprotected first round pick in the deal was very important for us and our future as well.”
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The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired four-time All-Star and 2016 NBA Champion Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first round pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to send Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in a deal for Isaiah Thomas, league sources told The Vertical. The Celtics are sending Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland, league sources told The Vertical.
Jeff Goodman: Cavs agree to deal Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and 2018 Nets pick, source told ESPN.
Shams Charania: Cleveland and Boston have agreement on deal to send Kyrie Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas package to Cavs, sources tell The Vertical
Brian Windhorst: Cavs and Celtics on verge of a deal: Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and 2018 Nets pick unprotected, sources say
Dave McMenamin: CLE will receive BKN 2018 1st round pick – unprotected – from BOS in the trade that is currently being discussed, league source tells ESPN
Adam Himmelsbach: A league source confirms the Celtics have agreed to trade Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and 2018 Nets pick to Cle for Kyrie Irving.
Shams Charania: All-Star Kyrie Irving will waive his trade kicker to complete Cleveland’s deal to Boston, league source tells The Vertical.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Boston, Cleveland on trade call now with league office. Deal is done.
Bobby Marks: IT/Crowder/Zizic combination would save the Cavaliers $19M in taxes. Tax bill goes from $78.4M to $59.2M.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston center Ante Zizic also expected to be part of a potential Cleveland deal for Kyrie Irving, league sources tell ESPN.
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Marc Stein: Nine straight defeats, as well as the manner of tonight’s fourth-quarter surrender at Madison Square Garden, will inevitably foist hot-seat scrutiny on Doc Rivers … one of only six active NBA coaches to own a championship ring
Scott Bordow: McDonough reiterated to me today that Suns want to sign Mike James to standard NBA deal before his two-way contract expires Dec. 6. My guess how they’ll do that: Create roster spot by dealing 1 of 3 centers.
Despite losing DeMarcus Cousins for the final 17 minutes of the game, the Pelicans managed to walk away from the Thunder with a 114-107 victory in tow. After the game, Westbrook didn’t call anyone out by name, but his comments certainly sound like an indictment against some of his teammates.
Asked their approach as leaders, Westbrook gave one of his longest responses of the season. “You can talk. Talking don’t do anything at this point,” Westbrook said. “You got to go out and play. You can talk as much as you want to, but guys got to take personal pride and understand how important it is to go out and compete and not take it for granted. I think as players, you go out on the floor and sometimes you take it for granted and don’t realize how important it is and embracing the moment. Each individual guy has to do that every night.”
Donovan said it’s “different things” that are contributing to the Thunder’s troubles, but said he doesn’t think the blown leads are creeping into his team’s mentality, doesn’t think his players are waiting for the opponent’s run to come. The story’s getting repetitive, but is it giving the Thunder a here-we-go-again mentality? “It could,” Westbrook said, then added that as a player, “It’s really up to you.”
Brett Dawson: Billy Donovan: “It’s different things. It’s not the same things. The constant is the lead’s evaporating, but it’s not the same thing.” Tonight, too many fouls, too many drives to the rim allowed. Sometimes TOs, sometimes shot selection.