Kyrie Irving has demanded to be traded out of Brooklyn.
Well, we can automatically eliminate the idea of a return to Cleveland to come and play for the Cavs again. This is obviously because of the dynamic duo of Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland as current guards on the roster. As well as the team is very competitive now.
Thus, this isn’t directly about the Cavs.
Teams already interested in Kyrie are the LA Lakers, Pheonix Suns and Dallas Mavericks. Any team that acquires Kyrie will instantly become better. The point guard is 30 and averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game this season. Those are some pretty great numbers.
What the Cavs may have to worry about is facing the team Kyrie gets traded to in the playoffs. Yes, the aforementioned teams are in the West, but we don’t know officially what team he’ll actually end up with when it’s all set and done. Plus, if the Cavs were to face one of those teams in the playoffs it would mean that they made the Finals!
Now, we all know Kyrie hit the biggest shot in Cavs history when he made the three-pointer over Steph Curry in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals to put the Cavs ahead by three with little time to go. Thus, he’ll always be remembered here for that and much more.
Say Kyrie gets traded to the Lakers. Well, it would be cool to once again see Irving play with King James on the same team. That would improve the Lakers who currently are 25-28 and 12th in the West. Most people are more concerned about LeBron passing the scoring record currently…
I get it.
Kyrie is getting older and wants some security with whatever team he is going to play for these final years of his career. If he can’t reach an agreement with the Nets, then a trade makes sense. We’ll simply have to wait and see if the team is able to find a partner and work out an agreement or actually come up with an extension with Irving albeit very unlikely.
What was my favorite Kyrie moment in Cleveland besides the shot?
Well, when he hit a game-tying buzzer-beater against the Spurs in March of 2015 to make it a 110-110 game and force overtime. The Cavs would go on to win that game by a score of 128-125. Those were three of Irving’s 57 points in the game.
Now, it’s simply a waiting game. The trade deadline is this upcoming Thursday at 3 p.m., so we’ll know Irving’s future by that time.