NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving most likely to Miami Heat, according to ESPN
There’s been nothing but endless speculation since news broke that Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland.
It was reported that as many as 20 teams had interest in Irving and then Irving also had come out with a short list of teams he desired to be traded to.
One of those was the Miami Heat and ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne believes that may be the most likely destination for Irving.
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Miami would definitely be an interesting fit for Irving, and ironic when considering that’s where LeBron James went for four years between his time with the Cavaliers.
The Heat put together an extremely impressive run in the second half of the season, narrowly missing the playoffs after a dreadful start. The culture created however is believed to carry over into next season with expectations much higher for the team now.
Irving would only bolster that belief as he would be able to seamlessly fit into the Erik Spoelstra’s offense as the No. 1 option. If he could work well within the system, the Heat could really emerge into a power again in the East.
A deal would first have to be reached with the Cavs. Maybe Hassan Whiteside or Justise Winslow can be packaged in some way for the Cavs, but it seems as if they’ve been asking and holding out for a bit more than that.
The other factor to consider, as Shelburne point out, is Pat Riley. He has a history of pulling off magical moves in the past and if he can do it again for Irving, the franchise would be even more grateful for him.