Cavaliers send Kyrie Irving to Celtics in deal including Isaiah Thomas, Nets 2018 pick

The Boston Celtics have acquired All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and  Brooklyn’s 2018 unprotected first-round pick, the teams announced Tuesday night. Irving, 25, requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. At the time, Irving said that he wanted to play in a situation in which he could be more of a focal point and that he no longer wanted to play alongside LeBron James, sources said. Tuesday night, in response to a fan’s video on Twitter thanking Irving, James tweeted:  Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge noted the bittersweet nature of Tuesday’s trade. “This has obviously been a roller coaster of a day for us, trading away Isaiah and Jae and Ante, especially Isaiah and Jae, who have been such a big part of our team and our success and…

Visit the Original Source

Read More

Billy Payne retires as Augusta National chairman, replaced by Fred Ridley

Billy Payne, who oversaw multi-million-dollar purchases of land to enhance hospitality, instituted several grow-the-game initiatives and saw Augusta National admit its first female members, retired Wednesday as chairman of the club and the Masters Tournament. Payne, 69, who took on the role in 2006 and presided over 11 Masters Tournaments, will be replaced by Fred Ridley, a former United States Golf Association president who won the 1975 U.S. Amateur. “The privilege I experienced serving as Chairman of Augusta National and the Masters was far greater than I could have ever imagined,” Payne said in a statement. “Just as nothing can prepare you for the unique responsibilities and important decisions that come with this position, it is equally impossible to anticipate the many joys and, most importantly, the wonderful friendships that are the ultimate reward of service. This honor, however, is too great for one person to claim as their own for too long a period of time. I…

Visit the Original Source

Read More