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Kyrie Irving Trade Scenarios Heating Up

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No longer wanting to be Robin, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is seeking to become Batman again.

According to ESPN‘s Brian Windhorst, Irving requested a trade to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, citing that he wanted to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James.

Forget the fact that Irving was once the man for three seasons prior to James returning to Cleveland, Kyrie is feeling himself and has likely decided to leave James’s cozy, but sometimes critical cocoon.

Irving’s desire is understandable, especially since his epically-clutch jumper in Game 7 of the 2016 National Basketball Association Finals was the primary reason why the city of Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought ended. But he should also remember that his first opportunity to be a franchise’s top dog didn’t go so well, as the Cavs sported a 78-152 record from the time he was made the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft until James returned to Cleveland.

The King, by all accounts, was reportedly blindsided and disappointed by Irving’s decision. But hurt feelings aside, the NBA is still a business. Irving must look out for himself first, especially with James refusing to put out the brushfires about his intentions for the Summer of 2018.

It’s rumored the San Antonio Spurs sit atop Irving’s wish list. Other franchises reportedly include the Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, and Lord help us, the New York Knicks.

The 25-year old will undoubtedly be a sought after commodity. And it’s hard to believe that players on the aforementioned teams won’t be doing their best to convince their respective manaogements to bring him aboard. Irving is under contract for the next two years in Cleveland, so he has very little leverage. But a rundown of the four reported destinations of choice all offer unique opportunities for Irving.

The Spurs have the pedigree, coaching excellence (Gregg Popovich), upper-management stability, and talent to be Irving’s reasonable first choice. The Timberwolves have the coaching staff (led by Tom Thibodeau) and rising talent (Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins) to really put a scare in the upper echelon of the Western Conference – and immediately become a legit contender should they add Irving, much like they added Jimmy Butler earlier this summer. Although, a trade to Minnesota may be tricky, considering the Wolves signed free-agent point guard Jeff Teague over the summer and the veteran can’t be dealt until December 15, per league rules. But that won’t stop Butler and Towns from trying to lure Irving. Butler and Irving have become friends since teaming up for USA Basketball. And Towns’s father, Karl Towns Sr., and Irving’s father, Drederick Irving, are connected via northern New Jersey’s Amateur Athletic Union basketball circuit.

The Heat also provide a great coaching staff (led by Erik Spoelstra), deep roster, and upper-management excellence with Pat Riley steering the ship. And the Knicks, while many will scoff at Irving’s reported desire to play for them, will soon implement head coach Jeff Hornacek’s uptempo offense, which will be conducive to Irving’s skill set. They also have a budding star in forward Kristaps Porzingis, and geographical familiarity for the West Orange, New Jersey native. Calling Madison Square Garden home is usually a dream for most aspiring ballers who were born and raised in the greater New York City area.

The previous three locales make the most sense, but sticking with the Knicks theme for a minute, it’s arguably the most intriguing. Phil Jackson and his antiquated Triangle offense are no more.

Hornacek will need a legit lead guard to run his vaunted attack. The Irving-Porzingis 1-2 punch is every bit as intriguing as any other combo of the aforementioned spots. And almost as important, New York is the biggest market and would need a superstar to replace Carmelo Anthony, as any deal to the Knicks would likely include the former All Star. 

Besides, since Irving is reportedly so desperate to be Batman, what better location is there than Gotham?


  1. NYCTim

    July 23, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Melo and two No. 1 picks get it done? As much as I loathe giving away more draft picks, Kyrie would be worth the sacrifice.

    • Tyrone Hunter

      July 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      He’s not worth it honestly. You would be doing the exact same thing you did with Melo, setting your franchise back another 5-8 years. Also Kyrie offers the exact same thing that you get from Melo which is pretty much just scoring and not much defense or anything else.

      • NYCTim

        July 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

        Kyrie can run an offense. When was the last time the Knicks had a real point guard? It’s been decades.

        • Tyrone Hunter

          September 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

          Define real pg because if Kyrie where 2-3 inches taller his position would be different.

    • Tyrone Hunter

      July 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Knicks fans should just be patient and develop our young talent. This is the first time in an eternity we’ve had all of our draft picks, let’s not be in such a rush to throw them away at first opportunity.

      • NYCTim

        July 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        I’m not in any kind of rush. Do you know the definition of “loathe”?
        Kyrie is 25 and one of the top players in the NBA. He still IS “young talent.” He’s also established talent. Ntilikina is at least three years away. They could make one of those picks in 2022 or so. That way, the hurt wouldn’t be as bad and, hopefully, they’ll be good by then.

        • Tyrone Hunter

          August 2, 2017 at 1:56 am

          Cavs front office aren’t delusional, nobody wants the Knicks 2022 draft pick in 2017. Kyrie is a one dimensional player and doesn’t make anyone around him better. Yes he can score in bunches but people are failing to realize that playing alongside LBJ made his job a LOT easier.

          • NYCTim

            August 3, 2017 at 2:11 am

            What leverage do the Cavs have when the player has announced he wants out? Stop pretending the Cavs are dealing from a position of strength. They’re not. And, again, he’s better than any Knicks PG in the last 20 years.

  2. Kamal Hillard

    July 23, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Melo & 2 lottery protected #1 picks the Knicks shouldn’t trade KP6, Hernangomez, Frank Knicky & Dotson all future picks must be lottery protected! it will probably be a 3 team deal for the Knicks to get him!

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