Did the Cavs get enough in completing the Kyrie Irving trade?

The Cleveland Cavaliers added a second-round pick from the Boston Celtics to complete the Kyrie Irving trade.

The smoke’s cleared, and the  Kyrie Irving trade can finally be put to rest.

In addition to Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Brooklyn’s No. 1 pick in 2018, GM Koby Altman received a second-round pick in 2020, to finish off the deal, according to ESPN, via Amico Hoops. The pick had previously belonged to Miami Heat.

Now the question…was it enough?

Some fans may be disappointed with what the Cavs finally settled on after not being thrilled with Thomas’ recovering from a hip injury that ended his Eastern Conference Finals last May.

For a brief moment, it appeared as though Altman was going to live in the trenches, holding out for Jaylen Brown or last summer’s No. 3 overall pick, Jayson Tatum.

But as Factory of Sadness contributor pointed out yesterday, the Cavs have Derrick Rose in the fold next season, and his presence is what really helped facilitate this trade.

The Cavs knew Thomas was hurt. The organization also knew Boston would give up nothing more than a second rounder, according to Sam Amico.

That 2018 first-round pick, which belonged to Brooklyn, was just too good to pass up. The trade as it stands still makes the Cavs the favorites in the East, and probably puts Cleveland closer to beating Golden State in the Finals.

And if LeBron leaves via free agency this offseason, be prepared to be sold hope. The hope of owning that shiny Brooklyn selection that every Cavs’ fan in the world believes could be a top three pick.

Thomas is expected to be out four to six months with his current injury, which he opted not to have surgery on following the season. Always take the long view with an injury like this, because Thomas is a player who depends on speed to be successful, his hip is kind of an important thing.

That puts IT’s Cavs debut sometime around March–if we’re counting from September 1. By then, hopefully he’ll be ready to go.

Cleveland basically treated the regular season like a prolonged exhibition anyways during the 2016-2017 campaign, so in theory, getting Thomas back in March will coincide with the team starting to crank things up for another playoff run.