Cavs operating as if Kyrie Irving trade is 'inevitable'

Erica Murray
July 25, 2017

With Irving recently requesting a trade out of Cleveland, the Cavs front office led by new general manager Koby Altman, has begun fielding offers.

From either stance, Irving doesn't have much defense (no pun intended). Leonard's play style will afford Irving more freedom with the ball, but Kawhi will still be the one everyone will acknowledge as the more valuable player.

LeBron James, left, and Kyrie Irving at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, June 9. Exhausted of having another superstar - even one of the best players of all time - in control of his fate. Yes, he was appreciative. The mere fact that he has that question, says it's time to move on.

Irving is signed for three more seasons (the last of which is a player option) at roughly $20 million per year.

There were additional, less basketball-centric issues, too, such as members of James' inner circle having positions with the team. Irving's best chance to win another title is as James' sidekick.

One major thing Irving would definitely have to develop in San Antonio is his distributing ability.

As the report notes, Irving also possesses something many stars yearn for - a championship ring.

Rose, 28, averaged 18.0 points and 4.4 assists in 64 games with the Knicks last season before undergoing surgery in April to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Hey new Cavs GM Koby Altman... good luck! Irving wants to reportedly step out of LeBron James' shadow and embrace his own team.

The report added that the Cavs won't settle for a "disappointing return" the way Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers did for the All-Star trio of DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George. According to ESPN, Irving was included in some of the discussed packages, which upset Irving.

The relationship between the Cavs and Kyrie Irving is deteriorating - quickly.

According to ESPN, the Cavs feel confident going forward. He didn't play poorly, but the situation was less than ideal and Rose's weaknesses were exposed more than ever before.

And as long as Ainge still has his treasure trove of young players and future first-round picks, the Celtics will continue to be mentioned in just about every potential blockbuster trade.

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