I'll be honest. I liked this trade - to varying degrees for each team - when it first went down. In fact, I still hope that Isaiah Thomas and the younger, taller, and more talented version of himself inevitably switch teams and ultimately enhance the entertainment value of the upcoming NBA season. With the Warriors having already put a bow on a second consecutive championship - barring an injury bug wiping out half of a lineup that could conceivably (albeit unrealistically) start for the Western Conference in the All Star game - the Association needs as many interesting storylines as possible. Simply put, they don't get any juicer than the only relevant franchises in a pathetic conference swapping all pro point guards while the trajectory of their futures appear to be heading in polar opposite directions. Unless...
...The league that has previously used the following as a clever slogan proves that impossible truly is nothing. Normally I would say there is no chance that this could come to fruition, but - considering literally anything else that occurred throughout the Cavaliers' offseason - the NBA has proved me wrong before.
So...just imagine...a world in which a hampered hip forces LeBron James to play alongside a guy that he's spent all summer online battling by way of tactics that originated amongst 14 year old girls, in front of a crowd that has already accepted that player's departure, and against the team that figures to be waiting on that player's eventual arrival.
When you really think about it, that's too good of a storyline to pass up in a soap opera that men rationalize the viewing of because it falls under the umbrella of sports. That's why I need Adam Silver to summon his inner-Donald Sterling. Preferably the morally corrupt part of him that froze the envelope so that the Knicks could get Patrick Ewing, or cut the cord on the transaction that would have made Chris Paul a Laker. That evil genius needs to make a reappearance and give us all one unforgettably awkward game. The madness of NBA offseasons has increasingly come organically, but - if only for one night - I need the fix to creep it's ugly head in and keep Kyrie in Cleveland for the spectacle of it all.
It's 10,000x more likely that Boston tosses in a second round pick and this trade becomes official within the week, but if/when it does we will have all missed out on an amount of drama that might actually be capable of overwhelming 'The (drama) King'.