National Basketball Association 2K18 to get updated cover after Irving trade

25 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Kyrie Irving NBA Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has had enough with fans turning on players, coming to the defense of new teammate Isaiah Thomas after angry Celtics fans burned Thomas' jersey following Tuesday's blockbuster trade.

The deal has the potential send a ripple effect across the league. While it's less starpower, the trade ensures - regardless of James' decision next season - the team will continue to compete and quickly rebuild if necessary. I still feel that way a bit, but make no mistake about it, they sold low on Jimmy Butler.

Despite losing their second-best player, it would be a surprise for Cleveland to fail to reach the Finals.

Speaking of Golden State, the Warriors are -160 money line favorites to repeat as NBA Finals champions this upcoming season. The general consensus around the league and National Basketball Association community is that Irving is the superior player to Thomas, and as he's much younger, trading for him required all the assets the Cavs received in exchange. But of all the teams to trade with, few expected the Cavs to hand one of the NBA's most important players to their biggest rival in the Eastern Conference - the Boston Celtics. Others, however, argue that Thomas is nothing but a volume shooter who managed to work his way to the top of a Celtics team desperate for a leader.

He said that while the deal is now a "gamble trade", but said the addition of a first round pick for next year's draft is an important part of the deal. And at the age of 28, he's three years older than Irving.

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Kyrie Irving dribbles during a Men's Gold Medal basketball match between Serbia and US at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 21, 2016 during the Olympic Games. He's a versatile defender that could be extremely valuable in a seven-game series against Kevin Durant and the Warriors. As the roster stands today, Al Horford is the only starter remaining from Boston's 2016-2017 season.

The Celtics traded Avery Bradley to the Detroit Pistons for Marcus Morris in order to give Hayward a max contract. Along with Thomas, Cleveland received Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's 2018 first round pick.

On Tuesday, James retweeted one Cavs fan's response to the trade. James' chances of winning the award went from 6/1 to 5/1, and Thomas' odds dropped from 30/1 all the way down to 100/1.

Instead, they are left with a young cast led by Irving and all-star small forward Gordon Hayward.

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