Eight months is generally too little time to pass judgment on any trade in the NBA, particularly when draft picks are involved. However, Kyrie Irving’s latest health issues over the past week make it feel like an appropriate time to take a closer look at that blockbuster deal, nearly one year after it went down between the Celtics and Cavs.
Incredibly, with the postseason approaching, just one player involved in the trade will be active during the playoffs for the team to which they were dealt. Ante Zizic is the lone man left standing in Cleveland, while Jae Crowder (Utah), Isaiah Thomas (LA Lakers) and Irving (out for year) will not be suiting up for their original teams this postseason.
The situation with Irving’s knee has left many to question whether the Celtics ended up making a mistake in trading for an All-Star point guard that evidently had physical question marks at the time of the deal. What would the Celtics' current situation have looked like if they stood pat? And how much differently should we view this deal a year later? Let’s break down the various parts of the transaction for some answers.