It's not the principals that will define the blockbuster trade between Cleveland and Boston. Great point guard leaves one city for another. That seems fair.
All the other parts, they will tell the story.
There are many ways to claim victory in the deal made Tuesday night . Kyrie Irving wanted his own team and got it, so he wins. Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron James, so he wins. The Cavaliers got rid of a supposedly disgruntled star, so they won. The Celtics now won't have to decide if Thomas is worth something like a $180 million deal next summer, so they won. It's all semantics.
But look past all that.
In the end, Cleveland won. James won,...