The big rumor that is going around the NBA at the moment is that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. With this trade request not only does it show that Kyrie does not want to play with LeBron anymore, but he wants to be able to lead a team on his own. Irving is 25 years old and is in the prime of his career, and he can help bring a different style and can help a team contend with the Warriors, or the Cavaliers for a NBA Championship.
Kyrie put out his list of teams that he would like to be traded to and the teams are as followed the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Now Kyrie is from New Jersey so the Knicks make a whole lot of sense, Irving would love to have the chance to play for Coach Popovich in San Antonio. He would like to play in Miami, because it is a nice place to live, and many people are surprised about the Minnesota Timberwolves, but he has said how much he is interested in playing on the same team as Jimmy Butler, so they can be a serious threat to get him.
Teams have good packages that they can send to Cleveland and it would not make the Cavaliers go through a rebuilding phase as well. Then there are teams that do not have the assets to be able to acquire a highly talented player like Kyrie Irving.
Plus with Cleveland signing Derrick Rose to a contract you can surely tell that Irving will be traded sooner rather than later. With that being said here are the eight teams that can trade for Kyrie Irving and the seven teams that can't.
15 Can - Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte can be one team that can trade for Kyrie Irving before the season starts. One trade scenario that the Hornets can do is a swap of Kemba Walker for Kyrie Irving. Both point guards were on the Eastern Conference All-star team during the 2016-2017 season, and Kemba has only been improving year after year. One difference between these two players is that Kyrie is 25 and Kemba is 27 years old, but that is not a huge age difference.
If Cleveland wants to go in a direction where in case they lose LeBron next summer, this is one option that they can look at. Kemba Walker has helped lead the Hornets to a playoff spot in his career, but if he had some of the talent that Cleveland has he could help the Cavaliers make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
14 Can't - Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic are a young team that is in desperate need of a face of their franchise, but unfortunately it will not be Kyrie Irving. Orlando does not have the assets that can attract a big deal like this, and some of the players that they could give back would not be good for Cleveland to look at anyways. The Magic already have three point guards on their roster, and even if they could add Kyrie there would be some serious doubt about if it could even work.
The best deal that the Magic can offer is Nikola Vucevic, Elfrid Payton, and a first round pick for Kyrie Irving, which is not a bad move for them, but it is not a good move for Cleveland. Look for Orlando to be on the outside looking in of the Kyrie Irving drama.
13 Can - Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets are an intriguing option, because of their young talent that they posses on their roster. Denver can offer a Jamal Murray, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and a first round pick, for Kyrie Irving and Channing Frye. Building around 25 year old Kyrie Irving, 22 year old Nikola Jokic, and 32 year old Paul Millsap makes the Nuggets a playoff team in the Western Conference for the forseeable future.
The Nuggets have a bright future ahead of them especially with their young superstar in Nikola Jokic already looking like he is going to be one of the better big men in the NBA. That means that Denver now has a face of their franchise for the first time since Carmelo Anthony left. Look for the Nuggets to try their best to be able to win the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes.
12 Can't - Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have not one, not two, but three players that are currently set to make over $20 million next season in Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons, and Marc Gasol. Memphis should not even be considered in the consideration for Kyrie based on the fact that they already have their star point guard that they want to build around. Another reason that Memphis can't make this trade is because there are no pieces that they have that would attract Cleveland to make a deal with them.
The Grizzlies have been one of the better teams in the Western Conference for quite some time, but with Western Conference teams making moves this offseason, it looks like they will be on the outside looking in next season. Look for Memphis to be one of those teams that will not have a realistic chance of acquiring Kyrie.
11 Can - Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks could be an interesting team that could be able to acquire Kyrie Irving. Milwaukee has a good young core, and could be beneficial of a Kyrie Irving to go along with their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, and a healthy Jabari Parker. One trade that could work for both sides is Milwaukee sends rookie of the year Malcom Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova, Khris Middleton, and a first round pick to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert.
This trade helps both sides in the following ways Milwaukee gets another superstar to play with their young core, and Cleveland gets a good starting shooting guard, and some tenacious defenders in Brogdon, and Dellavedova to come off the bench. Looking ahead in the future that is a good return for Kyrie, and Cleveland should make a call to Milwaukee and see if they can make this deal happen.
10 Can't - Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors will not be close to even looking at a possible chance of being able to get Kyrie Irving. With them locking up Serge Ibaka, and Kyle Lowry this offseason to extensions makes it very hard to believe that either of them will go anywhere even for a player like Kyrie Irving. A Kyle Lowry for Kyrie Irving trade straight up wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but at the end of it all the trade would make no sense for either side.
Another reason is that when Cleveland goes to trade Kyrie they would like to not trade it to one of their bigger rivals in the Eastern Conference. Looking ahead the Raptors not matter how much they would like to be able to beat Cleveland would be able to acquire Kyrie Irving from them.
9 Can - Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz are one team that could desperately use the likes of Kyrie Irving to build around. Yes, they just lost Gordon Hayward, but they still have young talent that they can use to be able to acquire a big name like Kyrie Irving. One trade that would work for both sides would be if Utah gave up Ricky Rubio, Alec Burks, Joe Johnson, and two picks (one first rounder and one second rounder) for Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, and Channing Frye.
Now this deal will give the Cavaliers a great pass first point guard in Rubio, a quality starting shooting guard in Alec Burks, and a great veteran scorer like Joe Johnson. While the Jazz get a good lockdown defender in Iman Shumpert, a floor spacer in Channing Frye, and their new face of their franchise in Kyrie Irving. Both sides would improve with this deal, and should talk about the potential of that deal.
8 Can't - Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are set to be a good young team, but with the thought of LeBron potentially taking his talents to play for the Lakers it seems very unlikely that Cleveland will trade him to the Lakers. Plus the Lakers don't need a point guard anyways as they have drafted what looks to be the future of their franchise in Lonzo Ball. The Lakers also have very expensive contracts on their books in Brook Lopez, Kentavious Caldwell Pope, and Luol Deng.
Los Angeles would have to trade some of their young talent that they would not be willing to part with. If Kyrie were to play with the Lakers, he would bring them to the playoffs, but the Lakers have some young talent in Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle that they want to build around for the future.
7 Can - New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are one of Kyrie Irving's designated spots that he would like to be traded to, and the Knicks could dump some talent that the Cavaliers could take. The trade that would be ideal that would not have to involve another team is Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, for Carmelo Anthony, Ron Baker, and Willy Hernangomez. The Knicks could make this trade work based on the fact that Cleveland is one place that Carmelo wants to play and the Knicks are one team that Kyrie wants to play for.
Looking forward the Knicks and Cleveland talks should engage, because Carmelo Anthony should not be in a New York Knick uniform at any point in the 2017-2018 season. Cleveland's return will be better than what any team will give the Knicks for Carmelo so look for the opportunity for this deal to be made sooner rather than later.
6 Can't - Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers is one team that will not be able to acquire Kyrie Irving. With their back court already established for the future in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum there so there is no reasonable reason why they would go after Kyrie. If the Blazers were going to go after Kyrie the Blazers would most likely have to trade Damian Lillard which will never happen.
Portland is hooked on having Lillard as their face of the franchise, and will do nothing to jeopardize that at all. Looking forward Portland could put something together that would spike the interest of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but there is no reason to break up the bond that Lillard and McCollum have made during their time together. They are one of the best back courts in the league, and if they split them up it could end up horribly for both sides.
5 Can - Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have the best assets in the NBA today, and the Cavaliers should take a peek at what they would be willing to give up for the talent of Kyrie Irving. One trade that seems to make a lot of sense is for Boston to trade Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and two first round picks for Kyrie Irving. The two first round picks should be the Lakers/Sacramento pick that they are getting and then the 2019 first round pick from Memphis.
This trade makes sense for both sides for the following reason; the Celtics don't want to pay Isaiah Thomas the max contract that he will look for next summer, and Jae Crowder just does not fit into the fold for the Celtics anymore with the emerging Jaylen Brown, rookie Jayson Tatum, and the signing of Gordon Hayward. So not only does Cleveland get a great defender in Crowder, but they get a good scorer in Thomas that they can build around if LeBron leaves.
4 Can't - Atlanta Hawks
The Atlanta Hawks are building around Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, so it is safe to say that they do not have the assets that would attract Cleveland to be willing to trade Irving to Atlanta. The Hawks are going through a rebuilding phase after losing Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard in the off season. Cleveland is looking to get back some quality pieces for Irving, and Atlanta has nowhere close to that at all.
Unfortunately the best deal that the Hawks can offer is rookie John Collins, Miles Plumlee, and draft picks for Kyrie Irving which is not even up to the level that most teams can offer. Atlanta seems like they are going to build there team through the draft and look to rebuild for the next few seasons.
3 Can - Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are an interesting team that could very well be in for the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes. One trade that would work for both sides would be if Phoenix trades Eric Bledsoe and Josh Jackson for Kyrie Irving and a second round draft pick. Now this trade works for Phoenix because they can build their team around their back court of Irving and Devin Booker which would be a good dynamic duo and potentially have a chance at being one of the best back courts in the league. In turn, Cleveland gets a young and explosive Eric Bledsoe and rookie Josh Jackson who could end up having a chance of being Rookie of the Year.
This deal would be good for the league because Phoenix would be a playoff team in the Western Conference, and Cleveland would still have a good core to build around if LeBron leaves.
2 Can't - Indiana Pacers
The Indiana Pacers are currently in a rebuilding period, and definitely do not have the assets to be able to acquire Kyrie Irving. Indiana traded Paul George who was their whole team, and now only have Myles Turner and Victor Oladipo to build around. One of them would have to be in the trade for Irving and Indiana would not be willing to cut ties with either one of them.
Kyrie in an Indiana uniform is tough to see, but luckily for us that Indiana does not have the assets or the talent to be able to acquire him. The Pacers would definitely benefit from a guy like Kyrie, but if they were going to get him they would of had to trade Paul George for it to be considered a deal that interested Cleveland.
1 Can - Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the most intriguing situations for Kyrie Irving because of the fact that he has expressed how much that he wants to play with Jimmy Butler. One trade that would work for both sides is Minnesota sending Andrew Wiggins, Nemanja Bjelica, and Shabazz Muhammed for Kyrie Irving and a second round pick. This trade would work for both sides for the following reason, for Cleveland they would get back Wiggins to play alongside Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, and LeBron for a year. Then if LeBron decides that he wants to leave next summer then they can build around Kevin Love, and Andrew Wiggins.
For the Timberwolves you are now getting a core of Karl Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Kyrie Irving. The thought of the four of these guys on the same team is scary to think about. This deal would make both sides very happy, and the Cavaliers should call Minnesota and work out a deal for Kyrie Irving.
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