By: Evan Singleton
Boy oh boy, how much longer are we going to have to put up with hearing about Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving being traded for one another? At some point, the ones who believe it to be true need to take a step back and think about the deal. Or should I say "deal" - because this "deal" is not legitimate. It wouldn't make sense for EITHER party involved.
Let's start with the THREE different feeds I originally got from THREE different sources (in the last few days):
"Media blowing things out of proportion. They're taking what they can get and running with it. This trade is the product of just that. Expect Isaiah Thomas to remain a member of the Boston Celtics."
"Isaiah Thomas won't be moved for Kyrie Irving. Yes, Irving is a good player, but he isn't 'the guy.' It would realistically handcuff them to just Irving. Taking away their picks and trade assets for down the road."
"Not a chance. Not a chance. Not a chance."
So those seem to all point in a single direction. The last being my favorite.
However, that was not enough for me. I decided to contact another individual. Here is what he had to say:
"I don't think trading Isaiah Thomas would make sense...he is worth more to the Celtics than he is to other teams."
"Return [wouldn't be] enough to make trading him worth it."
"Really excited to see how he and Hayward play off one another."
That is something I have said for a while now. Isaiah Thomas would not get you much in a trade. A 5'9" scoring point guard on the wrong side of 25 isn't exactly a hot commodity in today's league. However, he is on the Celtics and absolutely crushing it for them. His trade value should not matter to them. I don't believe it does. They would not be able to get his value back. Danny Ainge knows that. If Ainge is aware of that, he is not going to move him. Danny is one of the best traders in the league.
Then to the third quote... If Isaiah Thomas were to be traded, how could he play with Hayward? Yes, I get it. He could be traded during the season. However, I have developed a theory that IF Kyrie is going to be moved, it'll happen prior to the season. How could him and LeBron even function on the same court now?
Isaiah Thomas is the Celtics' captain. He will go to war for this team. He isn't going ANYWHERE