And with Irving being the player to replace James as the face of the Cavs' franchise following James' departure from Cleveland in 2010, their respective careers were perhaps always destined to intertwine - regardless of whether they were teammates or opponents. In addition to that, new free agents can't be traded until December 15th. However, he is a ragged defender and a player whom the Celtics dangled a boatload of picks for on draft night in 2015, including the Brooklyn pick that became No. 1 overall this season. Cleveland would get DeAndre Jordan and Reggie Jackson, and the Pistons would get Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson.
"I think it's the flawless timing", he said.
At the end, the draft pick the Cavaliers would get will not be valuable. While it's true that they would lose a great young player in Jackson, they'd upgrade Bledsoe with Kyrie Irving and would be a unsafe team next season. I was anxious about being the best rookie I could be. Irving spent two seasons at St. Patrick's before heading to Duke for one season. The East falls to the West 143-137. I heard James was upset by Irving's request. With 31 points and 14 assists, Irving is named the game's MVP. It is widely assumed that the Cavaliers would want a lot in return for him.
Depending on what these players are, the Cavaliers could turn this Irving news into a positive, finding players who will have great talent, and may compliment what the Cavaliers are trying to do more than Irving.
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"There's been a lot of losing basketball around here for a few years", James said.
Despite their sluggish start to the season, the Cavs bounce back to advance to the NBA Finals. If they can find a very good player who can unleash all of his ability with the Cavaliers, then the path to the Finals in the East could end up being even more hard than it was a year ago. The Cavs were 20-7 in those games.
Dealing with that drama isn't what the Cavs really wanted or expected.
Stephen A. Smith of ESPN, who seems to have an ax to grind with James, wrote a commentary for The Undefeated with the headline "Kyrie Irving got exhausted of being "son" to LeBron". It's 3-13.This is not meant to simply trash Irving. But the thought of where to is the thing worth questioning. Irving's reported list of preferred destinations includes the Spurs, Timberwolves, Knicks and Heat.
The Cavaliers earlier this week downplayed urgency on the Irving front. Among his grievances, according to ESPN, "Irving was exhausted of being Robin to James' Batman". However Irving has at least two more years on his contract (the third year is a player option) and his contract does not contain a no-trade clause, meaning Cleveland can trade him to any team in the league.