The absolute mayhem that has taken place in the NBA during this offseason is completely unreal. Paul George to the Thunder. Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves. Paul Millsap to the Nuggets. Gordon Hayward to the Celtics. Carmelo trying to get out of New York. Big trades on draft night. Top picks showing off in the Summer League. And now Kyrie has requested a trade to leave the Cavs. Anarchy.
From reports by ESPN, the shocking trade request has stemmed from Kyrie’s demand to become a franchise centerpiece and seeing that he’s on a team with Lebron, that won’t happen. It’s clear that Kyrie no longer wants to play with Lebron, so he has listed the Spurs, Knicks, Heat, and Timberwolves as his preferred landing destinations.
The four franchises that Kyrie has listed are sure to be scrambling to come up with trade proposals to throw at the Cavs in hopes of being the future team of the young, All-Star point guard. But the question is, how realistic it is for these teams to come up with reasonable offers?
The Timberwolves have been reeling and dealing all summer, having signed big-contract free agents in Jeff Teague and Taj Gibson, along with trading away valued prospects in Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine on draft night to acquire Jimmy Butler. They don’t have a whole lot let to offer unless they want to get rid of some of their rising prospects and first-round draft picks.
The Knicks have to be the biggest shit show in all of basketball with them trying to get rid of a perennial All-Star and future Hall of Famer in Carmelo Anthony, offering franchise centerpiece Kristaps Porzingis in trades that don’t come close to equal value, and signing terrible free agents to massive contracts. They would have to offer Melo, first-round picks, and probably more to land Irving. But I don’t see why Irving would want to go to a franchise with such a nightmare of a front office.
The Heat have already been let down this offseason with Gordon Hayward signing with the Celtics over them. But Miami has a solid core to work with this upcoming season and with the possible addition of Kyrie, the Heat could be reappearing in the Finals sooner than later. I don’t see a trade happening without Goran Dragic being offered up. Without Kryie, the Cavs are left with Jose Calderon as their starting point guard. I think a combination of Dragic, Justice Winslow, and a first-round pick or two would be a trade to be heavily considered by the Cavs. Pat Riley is gearing up for one last shot at a championship so don’t be surprised if he tries to offer the kitchen sink to get Irving.
The Spurs have very little cap space to work with and haven’t done much this offseason besides the signing of Rudy Gay and the resigning of Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol. Lamarcus Aldridge has been on record this offseason for blaming the Spurs and Popovich for his recent struggles and that he’d like out of San Antonio. I think any trade for Kyrie will involve Aldridge in the deal, along with other assets as well. After Aldridge’s recent struggles this past season, I doubt the Cavs will accept a straight up trade of Lamarcus for Kyrie. But with Tony Parker going down with a significant injury late this past season, the Spurs are looking for the future point guard to lead their team. If not Dejounte Murray, why not Kyrie Irving? The Spurs have to be the most appealing team to Irving, with a great core, coach, front office, history, and of course, Kawhi Leonard. Don’t be surprised if R.C. Buford works his magic and somehow finds a way to land Kyrie Irving in the coming weeks.
No matter where Kyrie Irving lands, his trade request will have to be the biggest shocker of this NBA offseason.