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As James alluded on Twitter, trades happen for all kinds of reasons - personal, professional and frequently a combination of the two.

Irving, 25, averaged a career-high 25.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and 5.8 assists last season.

"Sources close to the situation say that new Cavs GM Koby Altman spoke with LeBron on Tuesday and that he is excited to have closure on the situation with Irving", Kyler writes.

Durant also compared himself to Kyrie, telling Simmons, "he reminds me of myself as far as just loving to play the game, just wanting to learn it and try to get better at it every day". Obviously, the entire trade could be voided, or the Cavaliers might seek out another piece from Boston in order to seal the deal. Irving has the chance to be the missing piece that the Celtics have been looking for, and he knows it. "Three different teams will make him more unique".

Crowder is one of very few players in the league (or people in the world) who can body up LeBron. It's so much outside distractions, conversations, just noise that just comes around from being around LeBron James. He re-injured the hip during the Eastern Conference semifinals and eventually missed the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. With No. 1 picks being moved, superstars trading hands and free agency madness to sort through, the 2017 National Basketball Association offseason was like one continuous heat check, sending Twitter into a frenzy with every new WojBomb or ShamsWow.

At 27 years old, Crowder is the sixth-youngest player on the Cavaliers roster and the second-youngest player who will see significant minutes. If they weren't this is a brilliant trade. He said so multiple times. Though Irving has a Player Option ahead of the 2018-19 season, Boston is assured of his services for at least two full seasons.

Here are the main takeaways from this trade. The Cavaliers acquired a new point guard and a reliable scorer, a lockdown defender, a true center, and a potential lottery pick.


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