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San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Celtics, Cavaliers nearing Kyrie Irving trade

By Rob Wolkenbrod
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 31: Kyrie Irving
CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 31: Kyrie Irving /
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The San Antonio Spurs are closing in on losing the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes, with the Boston Celtics nearing a trade.

The Kyrie Irving sweepstakes look like they’re coming to an end, and not in the San Antonio Spurs’ favor. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are nearing a deal for Irving. Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and draft picks are in play.

Wojnarowski then added Celtics center Ante Zizic as an expected part of a potential trade. Zizic was selected in Round 1 of the 2016 NBA Draft.

It’s a rapid-fire turn of events for Irving’s status, which has been in flux since he requested a trade from Cleveland in July.

Cleveland and Boston have moved into serious talks on a trade centered on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017

Sources: Boston, Cleveland nearing deal on Kyrie Irving, but details still working to completion. Isaiah Thomas, Crowder, pick(s) in talks.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017

Boston center Ante Zizic also expected to be part of a potential Cleveland deal for Kyrie Irving, league sources tell ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 22, 2017

So, it’s kind of a big deal, right? This will potentially shake the Eastern Conference to its core, with one of its top players going from the No. 2 seed from 2016-17 to the No. 1.

This deal could be evident of LeBron James future in Cleveland, as he’s a free agent after the 2017-18 season. However, the package Boston is offering may be the best of them all, too, although it’s unknown what any other team offered.

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For the players, the Cavaliers are potentially getting, it’s a rental for Thomas, who’s coming off a hip injury. Crowder has a team-friendly contract and showed improvement over the past few years. The draft picks could be the kicker, however, with the Celtics owning the Brooklyn Nets’ first round selection for 2018.

How does this impact the Spurs? Well, they’ll lose out on a game-changing piece to their franchise. He could have stepped into the point guard spot from the first day, team with Kawhi Leonard and be one of the Western Conference’s most dominant one-two combos.

However, what San Antonio has to offer isn’t fully appealing. It’s a declining LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green on a one-year deal, unproven pieces at point guard (Dejounte Murray, Derrick White), and low draft picks.

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Nothing is guaranteed, but the NBA landscape might look different soon. Will this impact the Spurs?

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