Kyrie Irving was the first pick in the 2011 draft, and the NBA Rookie of the Year winner has played his whole career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and won a championship.
Isaiah Thomas was the NBA’s version of Mr. Irrelevant, taken by the Kings with the 60th and final pick in that same draft.
Thomas has been traded twice – first from Sacramento to Phoenix for a guy who never played an NBA game and a trade exception, then from the Suns to Boston, where he made two All-Star teams with the Celtics.
Make that three trades for Thomas.
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The bookends of the 2011 draft will swap teams Tuesday in a deal where the Cavaliers also get Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick the Brooklyn Nets owed the Celtics.
Oh, one side note: The Celtics visit the Cavaliers on the opening night of the 2017-18 season.
NBA fans took to Twitter to discuss the deal.