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Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Astoundingly, only four of the 15 players from last year's Celtics team that made the Eastern Conference finals remain in Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Terry Rozier. Since the end of the season, the Celtics have traded Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley, and bid farewell to key contributors in Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Green, and Jonas Jerebko.

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Kyrie Irving went from 50-to-1 to 25-to-1 to win NBA MVP per Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Isaiah Thomas went from 30-to-1 to 100-to-1.

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Kyrie Irving was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Isaiah Thomas was the last pick (60th overall) in that same draft).

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Kyrie Irving averaged 22.4 points in 3 seasons with LeBron James, the most points by any James' teammate in his career.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Trading Kyrie Irving will save Cleveland $29.1M in tax savings. Cleveland tax is now $49.3M down from $78.4M with 15 guaranteed contracts.

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

By far the biggest question in this Kyrie Irving trade is the health of Isaiah Thomas. If he can get back to the level he was at last year, the Cavs may not miss much this year AND they get an exceptionally valuable draft pick. If not, Cleveland has a major problem to solve with IT due for a big contract For the Celtics, this is a huge risk/high reward move. If Kyrie is a true superstar, they both weakened the Cavs and got a great young player on a good contract. If not they could have just cashed in three great trade assets for a player who could leave in 2 years.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Without including Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks would have been hard pressed (to say the least) to come up with a package like Boston's for Kyrie‬ Irving. Irving had been telling friends that he was open to playing in New York.