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Irving, 25, who found his new home on the Celtics this week after Isaiah Thomas' health concerns stalled the deal, thanked his former team with a note and video on Instagram Thursday.

The Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics finalized terms of their August 22 trade Wednesday night, with the Celtics sweetening the deal with a second-round pick from the Miami Heat in 2020.

In return for dealing him to Boston, the Cavaliers netted All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Ziric, and the Brooklyn Nets' unprotected 2018 first round draft pick.

Kyrie Irving is said to be thrilled about joining his new team in Boston.

He is a flawless fit for Boston because he is a 6 foot 3 Isaiah Thomas basically.

The Boston Celtics had their press conference introducing both Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and it appears as though the two of them may have already had their "did we just become best friends" moment.

Irving's trade request came after six seasons with the Cavs, with whom he appeared in the last three NBA Finals and hit the game-winning 3-pointer that led Cleveland to a championship in 2016. He also addressed the LeBron issue saying, "I still haven't talked to him", before saying "I have the chance to play with one of the greats and it was incredible". However, Thomas' status for the beginning of the regular season remains up in the air.

"I knew what the intent was when I asked for the trade initially, and it was left at that", Irving said. In the end, after eight days of posturing and back-and-forth regarding Thomas' hip injury and whether the Cavs should get more, the two sides agreed that Cleveland should get an additional second rounder (2020 Miami) to complete the trade. Wojnarowski also reports that Cleveland felt Boston was not "fully transparent" about Thomas' health, and the Cavaliers therefore had every right to void the deal if Thomas was not at a satisfying recovery point. Although technically traded to the Celtics earlier in the month of August, the Irving swap between the Cavaliers and Celtics was not made official until just recently.

The offseason has been pretty dramatic with numerous all-stars changing teams, new National Basketball Association rules, and the new National Basketball Association schedule for next season.

If he leaves, the Cavs have the first-round pick — maybe even the top pick overall — they got from Boston to help them rebuild.



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