By: Evan Singleton
Is is now known that superstar guard Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland. He has asked the Cavaliers management to trade him. Rumor has it he gave four landing spots: New York, San Antonio, Minnesota, and Miami. So, where does Kyrie go? Are there other designations outside of those four? No. The Cavs have the power and there are plenty of other packages they might explore.
All four of those aforementioned destinations have something to offer. However, we need to remember that this is a trade. It is the Cavs that decide where, or IF, he goes. So looking at those teams and discussing whether or not Kyrie would like it or fit in is rather irrelevant. He is not a free agent. So it is not only up to those four teams to make something work.
Two of those teams could actually send something worth-while back to the Cavs. I am ruling out the Spurs and Heat. The Knicks and the Wolves. the Timberwolves can send back Andrew Wiggins, and the Knicks can send back, obviously, Carmelo Anthony. Those two actually make sense. Obviously it is more complex than a simple player swap. I am just giving the basics here in terms of key pieces. So those two are possibilities that benefit Kyrie and Cleveland.
There are other moves the Cavs should explore out there. First off, trading Kyrie to Charolette. This trade could swap Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert. That deal is fairly even in terms of talent. It would also save Cleveland some cap space, which we al know they struggle with.
Next, the Phoenix Suns. Yes, Kyrie Irving for Eric Bledsoe (amongst others) would be a decent trade. Bledsoe is the type of guard LeBron could play nicely with. Quick, athletic, in and out. Let us not forget, LeBron James was very open in trying to get Eric Bledsoe to sign with the Cavs back in 2014. However, the Suns would most definitely need to ante up more than just Bledsoe to land Irving.
The Kings are another location. Don't sleep on them. They are making some moves lately, and I honestly expect them to throw something at Cleveland. This trade would most likely include De’Aaron Fox, the rookie. The Kings have plenty of young talent to offer Cleveland. It would be a decent trade for both squads, if Cleveland were to get back Fox and another potential-filled youngster.
So out of all these places, where does Kyrie go? I will rank them in the following order:
That being said, where does he actually go? My guess... nowhere... I believe the Cavs will hang onto him. In fact, they'd be stupid not to. They have the power hear. And if LeBron is truly leaving in a year or so, Kyrie should be able to stick it out for another season. Again, I don't think Kyrie Irving is going to be traded.
However, I need to consider the possibility of LeBron running that organization and wanting to bring in Melo. But for the sake of this, I'm riding on the reports that LeBron is leaving. Meaning he wouldn't bring someone into a team that he is leaving. LeBron can wait a year to ball with his banana boat bro.