Kyrie Irving Wants A Trade To The Knicks 'Very Badly'

Lawrence Cooper
July 31, 2017

Per an article by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the LA Clippers are one of the several teams that have made trade offers for Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers. This is the pick the Suns acquired from the Miami Heat a few years ago and taking into account how weak the East is, the Heat will most likely make the playoffs, which means the Cavaliers would not get a lottery pick.

The Heat are prepared to offer Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving, ESPN.com reports.

While Irving trade request is no doubt a bad sign for the Cavaliers, he will not be leaving for nothing. There are two reasons why Irving can see himself with the Timberwolves - Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler. In an essay announcing his return on Sports Illustrated's website, James states, "I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league". "The Cavaliers want a veteran starter, a blue chipper on a rookie contract, and a first-round pick for Kyrie Irving".

They'll be left with a team whose best player is its least committed on defense. Cleveland has yet to name Griffin's replacement, and franchise centerpiece James has reportedly expressed concern about the team's direction.

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Irving's contract contains a 15 percent trade bonus that would pay him an additional $2.9 million in both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. "If that deal (Bledsoe, Miami first-rounder and Jackson) for Irving was there, it'd be done by now", Vardon's source said. Coach Tyronn Lue is also a strong supporter of Irving and has been a strong defender when Irving's game - which is sometimes more shoot-first than pass-first for a point guard - has come under criticism. Furthermore, he has shown a willingness to sacrifice and fit in with the Cavs.For all the talk about how Irving can't fully bloom with the Cavs, he averaged 25 points a game.

Certainly, every National Basketball Association team knows it. Both of them play both ends of the court.

While some are wondering if striking out on his own is the right thing for Irving to do, Pippen has expressed his support of the four-time All-Star. The Marquette product fared even better for the Lakers G-League team previous year, with 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game.

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