In the last few days, things have become quite interesting around the Cleveland Cavaliers centered on LeBron James‘ future with the team.

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, there is a growing belief that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving would ask for a trade if James were to depart next summer.

All-Star Kyrie Irving has been contacting some of his former Team USA teammates and letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade, especially if he feels the Cavs’ run could end quickly with James able to opt out after next season.

The report also goes on to state that the Bulls would be one of the possible landing spots for Irving if things were to transpire in this manner next offseason.  The loss of James would immediately take the Cavaliers out of championship contention and possibly even put them on the bubble as a playoff team in the Eastern Conference.

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That said, Irving could garner much value in the trade market as he has developed into one of the top point guards and scorers in the league despite his well-documented injury history. He is coming off a season where he averaged career highs with 25.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the field along with 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Ultimately, all of this hinges on James’ decision next summer as it could have a tremendous impact on the future outlook of the Cavaliers’ future.