We finally have come to the climax of the Kyrie-LeBron-Cavs fiasco. The Cavs finally agree to ship Kyrie to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the Nets 2018 first round pick. While the Cavaliers got quite the haul for a guy demanding out, their fate was inevitably sealed when they agreed to this deal. And when we look back, we will remember this as the first step the Cavs took to move past the LeBron era.
Let me start by saying that it is my opinion that the Cavaliers have now been ruined and doomed to fail twice by LeBron James. In his quest for rings, he sculpted the team that he wanted. It won them a championship. If Cleveland fans are happy with that, you can’t blame them. We know what they have gone through. It’s been more than well documented.
But now look what it has cost. Before LeBron decided to come home, the Cavs future didn’t look all that bad. Kyrie was their center piece, and they were about to draft Andrew Wiggins. If LeBron never decides to come back, we are probably looking at a team without a title, but with Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins locked up and with many more years left to give.
Instead, Cleveland has Kevin Love, a player past his prime so much that they couldn’t get Carmelo Anthony for him, Isaiah Thomas, a 5’9″ point guard on the last year of his deal and poised for a max contract, and LeBron, who’s rumored to be “100%” leaving Cleveland this year.
Blame Kyrie’s immaturity, blame Beiber’s pastor, blame whoever. But when I look at it, I think Kyrie saw the writing on the wall. After LeBron left, he would be stuck in Cleveland for the last two years of his deal. While that team struggled (and they certainly would with the amount of old players/players that would follow LeBron and also leave), Kyrie would get all the blame, and everyone would claim that it’s all because LeBron left. All the writers and broadcasters would put all the blame on Kyrie and all the praise on LeBron; right as Kyrie’s contract finally did come up.
LeBron always wants things his way. He isn’t getting it in 2017 thus far.