Breaking: Spurs are frontrunner destination for Kyrie Irving, followed by Knicks, Heat and Timberwolves
Irving had a meeting with the Cavs’ front office last week, asking to be traded, preferably to a place where he could be the focal point of the offense.
The Spurs have a hole at the point guard position with veteran Tony Parker suffering a season-ending injury during last season’s playoffs, but would have to consider looking at a completely different dimension with an isolation-dominant type of point guard, rather than a systematic, ball-sharing floor general.
The Knicks represent a strong tie for Irving, as he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey and played for St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, NJ.
If New York is still willing to consider dangling Kristaps Porzingis, the possibility remains of doing a sign-and-trade for Derrick Rose, who the Cavs have targeted in recent days, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
The Heat and the T-Wolves are teams of interest for different reasons — one has the young pieces to make this a promising franchise and the caveat of having no income tax, the other has a coalition of young and veteran stars that can challenge for the West’s supremacy.
Irving’s discontent with the way the organization (read as Dan Gilbert) has handled this offseason and the burden of playing alongside a player of LeBron James‘ stature seem to have been the reason for his trade request, making this free agency period an avalanche of bad news for Cavs’ faithful.