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Fear the Links: Your guide to the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas swap

As the deal is pending, here’s takes on the deals.

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Happy Saturday, everyone. Here’s your daily links all about the Cavs’ biggest offseason that may or may not still be happening.

At GQ, Nathaniel Friedman wrote about Kyrie Irving being free as result of this trade.

At Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie, Dan Devine wrote about Isaiah Thomas’ health being the key to the whole deal. This was two days before the news about Thomas’ physical broke.

At the Sporting News, Bill Bender wrote about how this deal could give the LeBron James an incentive to stay. Also at the Sporting News, Scott Rafferty breaks down how Kyrie will fill Isaiah’s role.

At VICE Sports, Michael Pina write about the Celtics acquiring a budding star in Kyrie, and what that means for the timeline.

MassLive’s Tom Westerholm has quotes from Brad Stevens about the trade, Kyrie’s appeal and why it’s so hard to trade Thomas and Jae Crowder.

Here’s The Ringer’s Hayley O’Shaughnessy on Kyrie and Isaiah’s career intersecting again. Remember: they were picked at opposite ends of the same draft.

Lastly, here’s SB Nation’s running deal tracker.