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ESPN front office insider Bobby Marks joins the Woj Pod to breakdown the finality of the Celtics-Cavaliers blockbuster trade, examine the behind-the-scenes of the deal, Boston’s magnificent rebuild, Cleveland’s road in LeBron James’ final year and how Isaiah Thomas’ future free agency could unfold.
0:30: Boston refusing to give another first round pick to Cleveland.
2:40: The high risk for each team if the deal had fallen apart.
4:55: The Cavs placing the highest value on the Brooklyn draft pick.
8:45: Trying to get value in a deal after a player demands a trade.
10:27: The Celtics’ rebuild being complete in many ways.
12:05: The creative lengths teams go to while conducting trades.
18:16: Danny Ainge’s rapid rebuild of the Celtics.
21:10: The Celtics likely needing another star player to compete with the Warriors.
22:47: Kyrie Irving’s fit with the Celtics.
24:22: LeBron James having to take on even more playmaking duties.
25:53: The Cavs prioritizing the future as LeBron James approaches free agency.
28:02: How an Irving trade could have been different if James was committed long-term to Cleveland.
31:20: The impact of the past week on Isaiah Thomas’ next contract.
35:50: Thomas being motivated to prove people wrong.