In case you’ve been living under a rock, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving requested to be traded and no longer wants to be Lebron’s sidekick.
So I think the Cavaliers need to explore and eventually make the move that no one saw coming a few weeks ago.
It’s been reported that the team’s asking price is the following
- A veteran starter
- A young talent on a rookie contract
- Future draft pick/picks
Here are some deals that I’m purposing that I think the team should consider and they will work according to ESPN’s Trade Machine.
Phoenix Suns: Eric Bledsoe, Josh Jackson, Jared Dudley and a future first round pick for Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert
This has been the one team that’s been talked about the most since the report about Irving’s request became public.
Phoenix has a young star on the rise with Devin Booker but has been struggling with attendance at home games. Making a trade for a superstar in would attract more fans and would make Phoenix a better team. They’d also add a defensive wing player in Shumpert who could opt out after this coming season.
Cleveland would add a starting point guard for the present and for the next several seasons in Bledsoe. Also helps that he is friends with Lebron James and share the same agency in Klutch Sports.
Josh Jackson can’t be dealt officially until August 2 because once a rookie signs his contract, he can’t be traded for 30 days. He’s an athletic wing who can do it all but there’s questions about his shooting style and he needs to get stronger. He would be a perfect building block for the future of the franchise and there’s been talk that Lebron has asked about the 20 year old’s availability in trade.
Dudley has played for five different teams during his NBA career has never been close to winning a championship. He would bring a veteran leadership and can bring a scoring threat off the bench as he’s a 40% career three point shooter.
Denver Nuggets: Wilson Chandler, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and a future first round pick for Kyrie Irving
Denver and Phoenix are the two teams that best suite the criteria in a trade package for Kyrie Irving. Denver in my opinion would be the better of the two because they would be a playoff team if they acquired Irving, pairing him up with Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic.
Cleveland would get Wilson Chandler who can play both the shooting guard and small forward positions and would be able to give Lebron rest. He averages 14 points and 5.5 rebounds per game throughout his career.
Cavs would also land two promising guards in Murray and Harris.
Murray was the 7th overall pick in the 2016 draft and averaged 10 points per game in 82 games which were mostly coming off the bench. He’s only 20 years old and has some upside and I think would flourish alongside Lebron James if James elects to stay in Cleveland.
Harris had his best season of his three year career last year in Denver. He averaged 15 points, 1.2 steals per game and shot 42% from three point distance.
This deal would create a logjam at the shooting guard position as Iman Shumpert, JR Smith and Kyle Korver are there as well but if the Cavs want to get maximum value for Kyrie, they’ll have to find a way to make it work or they could look to trade Shumpert or Smith then.
New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, Kristaps Porzingis and a future first for Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert
I know people are going to say and have already said there’s no way the Knicks trade Porzingis. Not so fast.
After the Phil Jackson debacle, the team still hasn’t tried to repair the relationship with the promising superstar.
Kyrie Irving wants to get back to his home area and would love to play for the Knicks according to media reports.
I think there’s a chance this potential deal goes down.
The Cavaliers have been linked to Carmelo for a few years now but he hasn’t been ready to waive his no trade clause. Now reportedly he will waive it to play for either Cleveland or Houston.
Anthony might not be the All-Star he once was but the guy can still score and could give his friend Lebron a rest when needed. Porzingis would give Cleveland not only a guy who can average a double double alongside James and Kevin Love in the front court but also a rim protector with his length at 7’3.
This would also create flexibility to potentially move Love or Tristan Thompson in a deal to acquire a point guard as Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon would be the only point guards left which is a scary thought to consider.
I have Cleveland getting a first round pick back due in part to taking on Carmelo’s contract of two years, $54 million. I wouldn’t think he’d opt out next summer because he wouldn’t make that money on the open market with his age and injury history.