Stephen A. Smith believes Kyrie Irving should test free agency(VIDEO)

The Boston Celtics are one of the favorites in Eastern Conference, especially with the return of their two best players, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. With LeBron James out of the East, and if Boston stays healthy, there is a good shot they get to the NBA Finals.

Arguably, the Celtics best player is Irving, and the five-time All-Star can become a free agent at the end of the season, but the 26-year-old Irving recently told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he wants to stay in Boston.

However, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, even though Irving is happy in Boston, he should still test free agency.

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Last season, Irving missed the playoffs due to a knee injury.

It would not hurt for Irving to see what is out there, especially if he confident in his ability to stay healthy. In my opinion, he should test free agency. It’s always good to have options in life, and by becoming a free agent, Irving would have options.

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Antoine Walker: ‘If I got a chance to get LeBron James, Kyrie gotta go'(AUDIO)

Ever since the NBA season ended, the most talked about subject in the league is what’s next for LeBron James. James is expected to opt out of his contract and become a free agent very shortly.

Where James will play next season is pretty much a mystery at this time, but you get the sense that certain teams have the edge over others.  According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, there are seven teams in the mix: Cavs, Warriors, 76ers, Celtics, Rockets, Lakers, and Heat, but we won’t know until James starts meeting with teams.

One team that is on Stephen A.’s list is the Boston Celtics, which could make for an unusual situation. If James were to go to Boston, he would be reunited with Kyrie Irving. As we all know, Irving, who was traded from the Cavs to the Celtics, wanted to leave to get out from underneath the shadow of James. So, if LeBron went to Boston, what happens to Kyrie?

Former Celtics star Antoine Walker thinks if Boston has a chance to get LeBron they must choose him over Irving.

“If I got a chance to get LeBron James, Kyrie gotta go,” Walker said on the SouthSide Heat podcast.

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Stephen A. Smith believes a Leonard for Irving swap is not a bad idea(WATCH)

The Boston Celtics are making a lot of noise in these NBA playoffs. Without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Boston Celtics found a way to beat the Bucks in round one, and currently, Boston is up 2-0 over the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Terry Rozier, who has filled in for the injured Irving, has been a revelation for the Celtics in these playoffs. Rozier is averaging 19.1 ppg in the playoffs and is playing some great  basketball.

Conversely, the San Antonio Spurs were eliminated by the Warriors in round one. The Spurs were without their best player in Kawhi Leonard, and there have been rumblings that Leonard may want out of San Antonio.

The fact that Rozier is balling and Leonard may want out of San Antonio led ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith to think about the possibilities of an Irving for Leonard swap.

Here’s what Smith said on First Take today:

If the Spurs want a star, maybe trading Leonard for Irving is not a bad idea. Plus, you keep Leonard out of the Western Conference.

Celtics’ Jaylen Brown on Isaiah Thomas trade: ‘Do I agree with it? Not necessarily’

The Boston Celtics are going to look a little different this NBA season. Gone are Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and Kelly Olynyk. In are Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward,  Marcus Morris, and Jayson Tatum.

Boston finished first in the Eastern Conference last season, and made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Cavs in five.

The biggest move for the Celtics this offseason was the trade of Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving.

Celtics F Jaylen Brown is not sure if the trade of Thomas is good for the team. Here is what he told Complex Magazine:

“It changes the whole dynamic, the whole culture. We’ll see if it’s for good or bad, time will tell. But it’s still a little weird to me, to be honest, because when I came in everything they stressed was culture, environment, Celtic basketball. Now, it’s like what is the environment, the culture, what is Celtic basketball? I think it’s a great opportunity for me, great opportunity for the Celtics, great opportunity for Kyrie. Obviously, I loved Isaiah. He was like a big brother to me. I watched him, admired him, the chip he carried on his shoulder I love him. I still do. I’ve kept in contact with him. Congratulated him when he got traded to the Cavs. It’s tough because it’s the business we live in. Do I agree with it? Not necessarily. I think Isaiah definitely tried to plant his flag in Boston. He will definitely be missed—he and Jae [Crowder] both. And Avery [Bradley], too. Those three guys are truly going to be missed. I love them and I thanked all of them for helping me out and said I’d see them down the line,” Brown said.

Interesting comments by Brown. I think getting Irving was a great move by Boston. While last year’s Celtics had great chemistry, the 2017-18 has more talent.

In the NBA, chemistry is important, but talent wins!

Cavs’ Iman Shumpert on guarding Kyrie Irving: ‘I know how Kyrie play’

The Kyrie Irving trade to Boston took a lot longer than expected. On August 22, Boston and Cleveland agreed to a deal that had the Cavs sending Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick. However, due to concerns from the Cavs with Thomas’ hip, the deal was not completed until August 30 when Boston agreed to add a 2020 second-round pick.

Irving spent six seasons in Cleveland. During that time, Irving was a 4x All-Star, and won a title in Cleveland. However, Irving wanted out of Cleveland, and desired a bigger role elsewhere.

Cavs’ Iman Shumpert still has love for Irving. When asked if he had any ill will toward Irving, Shumpert told TMZ Sports the following:

“Nah, that’s my brother. It’s a business dog, it’s all a business. I used to do the super loyalty. It’s business at the end of the day, and you can’t get mad when things don’t go how you want it to go because it’s in your heart. It’s just a business.”

Shumpert had this message for Irving and the Celtics:

“I know how Kyrie play. I know we got to beat them, that’s it. I know all his moves,” Shumpert said.

The Cavaliers and Celtics will make for a great rivalry. Both teams will probably be the top two teams in the East, which means they probably will see each other in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The two teams face off in the first game of the NBA regular season on October 17. Can’t wait!

 

Report: Celtics, Cavaliers reach agreement on trade; Celtics add 2nd round pick

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers and Celtics have finalized the deal that would send Kyrie Irving to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick. The deal was agreed upon last Tuesday, but due to some concerns with Thomas’ physical(hip), the Celtics added a second-round pick in 2020, according to the report.

Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday:  “I am not damaged. I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”

This is a good deal for both teams. Hopefully, they will meet in the Eastern Conference Finals next season.

Report: Cavs weighing their options after Thomas physical

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are weighing their options after Isaiah Thomas underwent a physical with the team on Friday.

Thomas, who missed the last three games of the Eastern Conference Finals with a hip injury, was traded along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday.

In order for the deal to be complete, all players must pass their physicals. Otherwise, the deal can be voided.

 

Durant on Kyrie Irving: ‘It’s a perfect system for him in Boston’

Kyrie Irving wanted and finally received the trade he requested from Cleveland this week. Irving was sent to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick.

Kevin Durant, who made a controversial exit from Oklahoma City to Golden State in 2016, believes Irving to Boston is a good fit:

“It’s a perfect system for him in Boston; it’s a perfect fit. Because he’s a 6-foot-3 Isaiah Thomas, basically, and Isaiah just thrived in that system, and then he got Gordon Hayward and Al Horford, who are gonna be able to make plays for him, too,” Durant told “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “It’s gonna be pretty sweet. I think it was a great deal. But I just think Kyrie just wanted a place where he can focus on just playing basketball and not worrying about the other drama that comes with.”

I do believe Boston is a good fit for Irving, and I do believe it’s an upgrade over Thomas. However, is it good enough to beat Cleveland? I would say not yet. As long as LeBron James is around in Cleveland, it’s going to be difficult to defeat the Cavaliers in a seven game series, but maybe Danny Ainge has another move up his sleeves.

Celtics’ teammates not fond of Isaiah Thomas?

According to FOX Sports’ Chris Broussard, some of Isaiah Thomas’ teammates in Boston were not very fond of him.

Thomas, who was traded to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving on Tuesday, is expected to replace the scoring load of Irving in Cleveland.

Here is some of what Broussard had to say on FS1’s Undisputed:

“I will tell you this, I spoke to several executives, or texted with several executives (Tuesday night), and a lot of them were saying that a lot of the players in Boston really weren’t that fond of Isaiah,” Broussard said.

Should be interesting to see how Thomas gets along with his teammates in Cleveland. He is now going to LeBron James’ team.  He may have to adjust his game slightly, but he’s playing with LeBron, so life can’t be too bad.

By the way, where was all this talk when the Celtics were marching to the Eastern Conference Finals?

Listen to what Broussard had to say:

 

Twitter reacts to Kyrie Irving to Celtics

The Cavaliers have finally traded Kyrie Irving on Tuesday. The Cavs trade Irving to the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick.

Here is how Twitter reacted: