The decision to trade Kyrie Irving to Boston for a future first-round pick, Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic and Jae Crowder was a bona fide win for the Cavaliers.
That's how Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert feels, anyway, a sentiment expressed via The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday. Citing Irving's desire to be traded – and his agent alluding to his need for knee surgery if he wasn't dealt – Gilbert dubbed the Cavs' escape from the awkward predicament nothing short of a win for the hard-fallen franchise.  “We could have ended up with nothing. Looking back after all the moves [general manager] Koby [Altman] made, we killed it in that trade, "Gilbert declared after stating he thinks Irving, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will leave Boston.
Irving has averaged 24.1
Cleveland, meanwhile, used the Nets pick they acquired in the trade to draft Collin Sexton, who earned All-Rookie Second Team honors in 2018-19.Zizic showed promise as the Cavs backup center this season, while Crowder and Thomas were traded again just months after Cleveland acquired them.