The Kyrie Irving Trade Saga
The 2017 NBA off-season has been amazing chaos since the Finals ended, and to no surprise, the team with the most drama right now is the 3-time defending Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs have been in the news ever since losing in 5 games to the Golden State Warriors; from not paying the general manager & letting him walk, a failed trade for Paul George, signing Jose Calderon, and on & off conversations about acquiring Carmelo Anthony. However, the biggest Cavs news of the summer has been Kyrie Irving.
According to reports & several reliable sources from around the league, Kyrie Irving has demanded a trade; the teams on Irving's list (for now) are the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and the Denver Nuggets. From Kyrie's standpoint, it seems as if he's trying to expand & elevate his game on his own, which I can understand because he's 25-years-old, and maybe he feels like he's ready to try to lead a team without playing alongside LeBron James; you can't be mad at him for that. Another reason you can't be mad at Kyrie wanting out is because his name was first to be mentioned in trade talks a mere 72-hours after the Cavs lost in the Finals. I personally thought the immediate trade talks were bogus because the team involved was the Phoenix Suns; now that the Suns are the favorites to land Kyrie, everything seems believable.
Kyrie's name even popped up for in a swap for Paul George at one point, but the Cavs declined it. As far as the Phoenix Suns are concerned, those discussions have been going on for a month or so, but none of the trade talk makes any sense; Kyrie had a good Finals and his name is first to pop up?
I can't blame Irving for wanting to leave, as a fan it sucks because Kyrie Irving is the best point guard I've got to see in any Cavs era; I’ve never seen a guard with the handles & scoring ability Kyrie possesses while watching the Cavs. Kyrie has been the perfect teammate for LeBron James & vice-versa; watching them for 3 seasons has been the best 3 years I've ever seen in Cavs history.
Speaking of history, Kyrie hit the biggest shot in Cavs history during the closing moments of game 7 of the 2016 Finals; witnessing (wink wink) that shot was something special that I'll never forget.
I sincerely hope Kyrie has the right people in his circle and not people telling him he needs to be the man on his own team, etc. Irving has 2 years left on his contract so he really doesn't have a say on this trade; the Cavs have leverage and can wait until they find the right deal so they don’t get robbed ala Indiana/Paul George.
There isn't a deal out there that's worth trading Kyrie, except one; that’s why I hope they can work this out, and make a run back to the Finals next season. Eric Bledsoe is rumored to be on the block & the Cavs want him but the Suns are not willing to give up Josh Jackson (yet) or Devin Booker. That's the only deal I'll do if I were Cleveland; if you really want to trade Kyrie, you get a solid point guard in Bledsoe in return and you try to steal the rookie Josh Jackson and/or the great shooter Booker. If the Cavs can pull that off then it would be the steal of the year but it probably won't happen, for now, but we'll see. I've also read things about the Denver Nuggets; Wilson Chandler, Jamal Murray and Gary Harris were mentioned but I'm not sure how true that is. However, I really do want Wilson Chandler on the Cavs, who knows maybe the Cavs can pull off a 3-team deal with Phoenix and Denver.
I really hope the Cavs don't trade Kyrie before the season starts; I at least want to have a Kyrie Irving Nike Cavs jersey when the season begins. Either way, it'll be tough seeing him get traded, but as long as Cleveland receives something good in return, I won’t be too devastated.