The NBA off-season is usually a time where many NBA fans are left deeply deprived of basketball action, as there are no games to fill the void. So many NBA fans find other ways to get their fill of NBA action. For many, the enjoyment comes from major blockbuster player transactions between organizations in the form of trades and free agency. There have already been a lot of blockbuster moves this off season. Here are just a few:
Gordon Hayward signed with Boston Celtics (prev. Utah Jazz)
Chicago Bulls trade Jimmy Butler to Minnesota Timberwolves for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No.7 2017 Draft Pick
Rockets acquire Chris Paul
Thunder trade for Paul George for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis
The most recent blockbuster move, and possibly the most influential when it comes to the NBA finals, was the Boston Celtics acquiring Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Boston Celtics offered All-Star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s 2018 First Round Pick and Miami’s 2020 Second Round Pick for Kyrie Irving.
Cleveland and Boston were in talks for several weeks as the health of Isaiah Thomas was an issue for the Cavaliers. Thomas experienced a hip injury in the playoffs at the end of last year and it is unsure what his status for next year will be. Some sources within the organization believe he could be out until the All-Star break in 2018.
This move should complete the series of blockbuster moves that gives Boston hope that they will be able to top the Cavalier’s as the kings of the East and head to the NBA finals. The acquisition of two different All-Stars in Gordon Hayward (West All-Star) and Kyrie Irving (East All-Star) round out the rebuilding process that Boston began several years ago.