After seemingly such a long wait, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally welcomed Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic to the squad in an introductory news conference.
In one of the busiest offseasons in NBA history, the highlight was the trade between the Cavaliers and Celtics.
Between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers ran through the Eastern Conference playoffs for three straight years. It seems that LeBron expects those results to continue. In fact, it turns out that "The King" is rather thrilled about this trade after he texted Thomas and Crowder
LeBron has texted Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder since trade, Thomas says. All parties excited about deal. "Match made in heaven." - IT #Cavs— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) September 7, 2017
For those who see Thomas as a significant downgrade from Irving, take a quick look at the seasons they both just had. For Irving he posted 25.2 PPG with 5.2 APG, meanwhile Thomas averaged 28.9 PPG with 5.9 APG.
Even though Thomas had the better season statistically, he believes he'll have easier opportunities to succeed now playing with LeBron James.
Isaiah Thomas is ready to ball in Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/P7nNAyoZTk— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 6, 2017
If there's one thing you can't knock down Thomas for, it's his heart. His relentless pursuit of being the best player on the floor stands out every night.
Although Thomas will miss time this season with a hip injury, the Cavaliers should be very excited about their roster when he returns. If the "Chosen One" of Cleveland is excited to be with Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, so should all Cavs fans.