It’s funny. I don’t get a lot of responses to my posts on legal ethics.
But, since most readers know I’m an unabashed Celtics fan, and because there are Cavs fans who loyally follow this blog, I’ve received a bunch of requests to comment on the trade. I aim to please, so here goes nothing….
. . . . my initial reaction is that I’m good with it. Here’s why:
- Kyrie is the best player in the trade.
I love IT. I really do. And I love the energy he’s infected into the
TD Garden the past few seasons.
But he turns 29 next season and will want a max deal. Guys his size rarely perform to max deals at that age.
Then there’s his hip. It wouldn’t shock me if the trade is voided because he doesn’t pass the physical.
And let’s be honest – as good as he was for Boston, he was subbed out on defense in close games late. He cannot guard and has already proven that he can’t guard Kyrie in the Eastern Conference finals. Next year, they’ll just be wearing different jerseys.
Oh, and Kryie won the 2016 finals for Cleveland. Sorry LeBron
apologists fans. He did.
And I LOVE Jae Crowder. A true Celtic who battled every night. He treated Wednesday road games in January the same way that he treated prime-time playoff home games. He’ll give Cleveland the grit they never had and sorely could’ve used against GSW.
Brooklyn is going to be a lot better than you think.
Instead, we have Gordon Heyward, 2 years of Kyrie, Jayson Tatum, playing time for Jaylen Brown, and a roster spot to sign, hopefully, Nerlens Noel. And the Lakers’ pick in 2018 or the Kings pick in 2019. The future isn’t exactly dim.
So, that’s my quick take.
Relating it back to professional responsibility, I’m confident that Danny Ainge provided the Celtics with competent and diligence service in making this trade.
Or maybe I’m wrong. If I am, I’ll you what I’m right about – the Celts host the Cavs on February 11. They’re retiring The Truth’s jersey that day. Ticket prices were already absurd. Now they’re a whole lot more.