Irving has been officially dealt to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, a 2019 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round selection, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Some concerns with Thomas' physical caused the deal to stall temporarily, but the two sides finally came to an agreement to officially close the deal with the addition of the 2020 second-round pick. Irving will take over as the star on a promising Celtics roster that already inked Gordon Hayward earlier in the offseason. Now out from under LeBron's shadow in Cleveland, he will head a new big three in Boston alongside Hayward and Al Horford. However, he should have a larger offensive role with his new club, providing the 25-year-old floor general an opportunity to build on his career-best campaign in 2016 when he averaged 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 three-pointers in just over 35 minutes.