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Kyrie Irving posts ‘special thank you to Cleveland’ video

Kyrie Irving on Thursday posted a “special thank you” in the form of a video now that his trade to the Boston Celtics was finally completed Wednesday following a nearly week-long impasse.

The Celtics added a 2020 second-round draft pick as extra compensation to seal the deal that saw the team receive Irving in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick and the aforementioned second-rounder going to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving took to Instagram to post what he referred to as “My special thank you to Cleveland.”

“My special thank you to Cleveland” *Link in Bio. My love extends way beyond the court I have for Cleveland and it will always be a place thats special because of the great people and experiences. The Ups and downs, we stand and fight no matter what the circumstances are, and that’s what being in Cleveland embodies, it is all Love and a whole lotta pride. To the incredible individuals I’ve met who support the Cleveland organization and help allow us as Players to feel a special bond to the State/City and shared countless moments with, keep being YOU and know that my appreciation is eternal. Thank you From my whole being for being there as I was a 19 year old kid coming into the league, to now where I start another step in the journey as a 25 year old Evolving man. It will Always be Love and respect Cleveland. “The journey is always the Reward” #KyrieWick

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As noted in his post, Irving also provided a link to a video in which he hints at the reason behind his trade demand as an eagerness to step out of LeBron James’ shadow.

“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” Irving said in part in the video, as transcribed by “And when you get to that point and you understand that the best intentions for you and ultimately to be in your truth, and find out what you really want to do in your life and how you want to accomplish it — that moment comes and you take full advantage of it.

“And there are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and to be somewhere you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you maximizing your potential,” Irving said.

Irving closes the video with the following message:

“And to my teammates: crazy stories, crazy experiences and just unbelievable human beings, man,” he said. “You all know how this brotherhood goes, man. All love.”

Suffice to say, the entire Irving trade demand saga certainly has had some dramatic twists and turns, to put it mildly. But at long last it has been resolved.

Irving will be formally introduced as the newest member of the Celtics organization at a news conference scheduled for Friday.