We didn’t realize quite how peculiar.
As reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, league sources told ESPN that Irving has asked the team for a trade.
Bearing all this in mind, here are five teams (and a few quick honorable mentions) that should make an offer for Kyrie Irving if the Cavaliers grant his request.
The reason behind the trade request reportedly lies in Irving’s desire to no longer play second fiddle to LeBron James, and is instead interested in becoming the leader of a different National Basketball Association team.
He does not have a no-trade clause in his contract – meaning the Cavs could send him anywhere they strike a deal and would not be contained to any teams Irving would request.
Irving has admitted playing with LeBron has sometimes been rocky. I’m not sure Irving puts them in a better position for the future than Wall. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Curry are so incredibly dominant that they’ve shaken everyone to their core.
It’s no surprise that Minnesota is now on the list of teams Irving hopes to play for.
This shouldn’t quiet the alarms of LeBron leaving next summer.
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I’m here for the long haul Cleveland! and I’m ecstatic! If Miami was to acquire Irving, it would be guaranteed two years of his services, with the possibility of a third. It turns out that Curry’s ability to bounce back after a loss is much stronger than Irving’s. This news from the National Basketball Association involving Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers will fester for a very long time, however. He clearly wants it. The 24-year-old restricted free agent will count $5.5 million against the salary cap through 2021-22. A trade involving the two stars needs to be considered one of the more likely scenarios. For now it seems likely that the trade was the prevailing topic of conversation and was actually requested formally and firmly.
This is a hard time for the Cavaliers, who need visionary leadership.