The Kyrie Irving trade saga continues.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, The Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics are talking about the possibility of trading Kyrie Irving for Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas:
Cleveland and Boston engaged in active trade discussions centered on Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 22, 2017
Charania also wrote that Jae Crowder has also been included in trade discussions.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski also confirmed the report via Twitter. On ESPN, Wojnarowski stated that the Cavaliers and Celtics are on the phone trying to figure out salary-matching pieces.
Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game for Boston last season, to go along with 5.9 assists.
In a meeting with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert on July 7, Irving requested a trade to a team where he could have more of a starring role. News of Irving’s request broke on July 21.
Since that time, rumors have swirled about conversations that Cavs have had with nearly every team in the league.
Charania’s report is the first hard evidence of serious talks between the Cavs and Celtics.
Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points per game in the 2016-17 season. He also shot 47 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point land, and averaged 5.8 assists per game.