San Antonio Spurs and NBA fans react to Kyrie Irving trade
By Rob Wolkenbrod
How did San Antonio Spurs fans and other related references on Twitter react to the Kyrie Irving trade?
On Tuesday night, possibly the marquee trade of the NBA offseason went down. The Boston Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ 2018 first-round pick. This came after the San Antonio Spurs were linked to Irving throughout the summer.
Reaction poured in for this blockbuster trade over the past 1-2 hours, with comments on both teams and whether they “won” or “lost” the deal. Tweets on Twitter came in about the Spurs, too, with some disappointment on how things didn’t transpire.
So, what were the reactions that came in from Twitter? Let’s take a look:
KYRIE IRVING SAID HE WANTED TO PLAY FOR THE SPURS THO pic.twitter.com/RzP7dBWZCa
— Isiah (@IsiahMichael_) August 22, 2017
but still I don't like the Celtic's jersey and it doesn't fit him at all, Spurs sana would be better! *sighs whatever Kyrie @KyrieIrving
— Jona Jean Foja (@majomajona) August 23, 2017
@KyrieIrving wearing that leprechaun green ☘things have really changed for the east. Hope to see you in the finials. Go spurs go!!
— Berry Mc'Cockiner (@Uncle_MoLester) August 23, 2017
At first I was hoping the Spurs would trade for Kyrie Irving. Then I remembered Kyrie thinks the earth is flat.. so have fun on the Celtics.
— Mac Blake (@macbdazzler) August 23, 2017
For those Spurs fans complaining about "no Kyrie Irving deal?"Just take a look at the package Boston offered & realistically put one (cont.)
— '93 (@johnisbased) August 23, 2017
@KyrieIrving all you had to do was go to the spurs. We make it to the playoffs every year and u could've adjusted to our offense smh..
— .33 (@jaelen_clarke) August 23, 2017
@KyrieIrving: Minnesota, Spurs, or the knicks Are the teams I want to be traded to. @cavs: pic.twitter.com/4TKlyVf4I0
— Uncle RON!! (@_RonFromMe) August 23, 2017
Damn my spurs never get no one.
— Joe Ontiveros (@JoeOntiveros) August 22, 2017
Reactions seemed mix from some annoyed with the Spurs not getting Irving to others satisfied due to the price the Celtics paid.
Whatever the case may be, the deal is official. Here’s Irving in a Celtics jersey:
We have acquired four-time All-Star @KyrieIrving in a trade with the @cavs.
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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) August 23, 2017
For the Spurs, it makes it an even bigger foregone conclusion that Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray and Derrick White will handle the point guard duties to open the 2017-18 season. Tony Parker remains, but will miss the first few months of the campaign after suffering a torn quad in the NBA playoffs.
If the Spurs aren’t satisfied with the point guard position after next season, there’s always free agency to go back to. Chris Paul, who wasn’t happy San Antonio’s uncertainty around July 1, will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018. He had the ability to terminate his contract in July, but chose to opt-in and get traded to the Houston Rockets. Isaiah Thomas will also be available next summer.
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