KYRIE Irving's request for a trade from Cleveland has been granted after the Cavs agreed to a deal in sending the star guard to the Boston Celtics.
Shams Charania of The Vertical reported on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) that the Eastern Conference rivals have completed a trade that featured a swap of starting point guard, with Irving landing in Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and a first round pick the Celtics got in a previous deal with the Brooklyn Nets.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN had reported earlier on Tuesday that both teams were 'nearing a deal' finalizing a few details before agreeing to the trade. Then he would later tweet that the deal was already confirmed.
Since Irving asked the Cavs for a trade, the Celtics were considered one of the possible destinations with its number of assets.
Both teams, which met in the East finals last seaon, come out of the deal with starting playmakers coming off breakthrough seasons.
Irving averaged 25.2 points, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds last season to help the Cavs reach the NBA Finals for the third straight year.
Meanwhile, Thomas was third in scoring with 28.9 points with 5.9 assists to lead the Celtics to the East finals in an emotional playoff run last season.