By Jay Rich
HHV Sports Senior Staff Writer
Here is probably the most-lopsided trade in recent NBA history. For the past couple of years, the NBA has applauded the Boston Celtics for their quick rebuild. The team shot into contention by adding Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to their core, led by Paul Pierce.
However, as age caught up to that squad, the franchise took heed to what fans and critics said about Rajon Rondo being the future. In the end, he wasn’t, and the Celtics quickly faltered. They quickly rebounded, trading for Isaiah Thomas and he became the franchise’s new face.
Isaiah Thomas would, in just two and a half seasons, lead the Celtics to three playoff appearances and a Conference Finals trip. This era saw Al Horford and Gordon Hayward added to their core. Now, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder are gone to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving.