Kyrie Irving, one of Cleveland's Big 3, is ready to bounce. Irving doesn't want to play for the Cavaliers anymore. Keep reading to find out what teams might be Kyrie's next destination.
Why Irving Wants Out of Cleveland
Kyrie wants out of Cleveland because the Cavaliers parted ways with former GM David Giffin. Giffin had been the one person that kept Irving happy playing with LeBron James. If you're ever on the same court with The King, you must acquiesce to The King. That's the way it goes.
Because Kyrie is only 25-years-old, he wants to play for a team that's willing to build around him. I don't blame him. Playing second fiddle when you're a player like Kyrie, who has never been able to show what he could do as a true point-guard for an NBA team, makes no sense.
For Kevin Love, it makes sense because he's already on the downside of his career. For Irving, it makes no sense. Irving deserves to be James Harden somewhere else.
Potential Suitors for Kyrie Irving
There's gong to be plenty of interested parties for Irving's services. Check out the teams with the best chances of making a trade for Kyrie:
1. Phoenix Suns – Before the Suns acquired Steve Nash, they acquired a player in the mid-1980's named Kevin Johnson. KJ quickly turned into one of the best point-guards in the NBA. He and forward Tom Chambers made for a great Phoenix Suns' team.
Today, the Suns have an up and coming shooting guard in Devin Booker. The front line is close to being loaded with Marquese Chriss, Josh Jackson, and T.J. Warren. Irving could thrive in the Valley of the Sun. If Phoenix could put together a deal like this, maybe, sending PG Eric Bledsoe to play with LeBron and K-Love, the Suns could turn into a Western Conference contender.
2. New York Knicks – Are the Knicks dysfunctional? Maybe. But, there's no way they're as dysfunctional without Phil Jackson as they were with Phil Jackson. As long as New York keeps Kristaps Porzingis, they should be an attractive place to play for any point-guard in the NBA. That includes Kyrie Irving.
Plus, this move also satisfies The King. Any deal with New York should automatically includes Carmelo Anthony, one of LeBron's best friends. LeBron, Melo, and K-Love together makes a seriously talented Big 3.
3. Utah Jazz – Utah was successful this past season without a true point-guard. Why? A lot of the success had to do with departed swingman Gordon Hayward. But, a lot of the Jazz's success also was because of how Rudy Gobert has become one of the best centers in the NBA.
I think Kyrie going to Utah could be a win-win. Utah gets the guard they need to continue to be the anti-Golden State while Cleveland gets some much needed depth. That's the Cavs' issue. They're not deep enough to handle the Boston Celtics this season.
Any one of the 3 teams above could be a great situation for both Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other teams that could try to make a move for Kyrie's services are: the Milwaukee Bucks (Khris Middleton would be a part of any trade talks), the San Antonio Spurs (they might want to unload LaMarcus Aldridge), or the Minnesota Timberwolves (as long as they keep Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns the Wolves are going to be a good team).