Cavaliers, Celtics settle to trade involving Kyrie Irving, Isaiah Thomas

Kyrie Irving

Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have allegedly agreed to a deal arranged around Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.  Kyrie has been traded from Cav to the Celtic in exchange for Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic.

The deal sent shockwave throughout the NBA community.

Kyrie Andrew Irving is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association.

He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. A four-time NBA All-Star, he won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.

Irving was born on March 23, 1992 in Melbourne, Australia to American parents. He is the son of Drederick and Elizabeth Irving, and the stepson of Shetellia Irving.

He has an older sister, Asia, and a younger sister, London. His father, Drederick, played college basketball at Boston University alongside Shawn Teague and under coach Rock Pitino. After completing his college career, Irving’s father moved to Australia to play professionally for the Bulleen Boomers.

Irving lived in the Melbourne suburb of Kew before relocating to the United States when he was two years old. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia.

Irving grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, where he often went to his father’s adult-league games. His inspiration to play in the NBA came after playing at Continental Airlines Arena during a school trip in fourth grade where he stated, “I will play in the NBA, I promise.”

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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