Written by: Tyler Vernor
Another shocking headline flooded twitter today, as Kyrie Irving is looking to part ways with the Cleveland Cavaliers per ESPN. Sources say the Cavaliers first heard the request for a trade in a meeting last week that included Owner Dan Gilbert and Kyrie, the most surprising of Irving’s reasons were that he did not want to team with LeBron James any longer. Kyrie’s preferred destination is San Antonio (duh), while New York, Miami, and Minnesota were also brought into the discussion as possible landing spots according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
For most fans that follow the NBA, hearing that Kyrie is looking to leave a team that has LeBron James is certainly head scratching, but if you dive deep enough it starts to make sense. Kyrie requesting a trade shows how much the “LeBron to the Lakers” rumors actually make sense. This request for a trade isn’t because he doesn’t want to play with LeBron anymore, Irving is just making sure he doesn’t get hung out to dry after next summer. When I first saw the news of the request I was shocked, but everything started to come to fruition after looking ahead to the summer of 2018.
This request was made only two days after Irving told Sports Illustrated that the Cavaliers were in a “very peculiar” place this offseason. “It’s the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA.” These comments were validated by the lack of stability that is the Cavaliers organization, in possibly the biggest summer since 2014 the Cavaliers failed to sign any complimentary pieces to improve the team. Instead, they resigned Kyle Korver (3yr/$22 mill), weren’t able to move any of the Tristan Thompson, Jr Smith or Iman Shumpert contracts and are $29 million in the luxury tax for the 2018 season. The absolute best situation for the Cavaliers this year was to hope for an injury on the side of Golden State, which would be their only chance to win the title. This is a team that received more than 60% of their scoring in the Finals from Kyrie and LeBron alone, once LeBron leaves this is a borderline playoff team, Kyrie is smart to get out when he can.
The NBA is an insane league, yesterday I was debating on if the Spurs should tank or not, today they’re in the running to get Kyrie Irving; this is why I love the NBA. The question is, what is it going to take for the Spurs to get Kyrie? There has to be a third team involved, the question is who is willing to partake in the 2017 LaMarcus Aldridge sweepstakes?
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”- John F. Kennedy