Right when you think it’s OK to get off Twitter and enjoy some time with your loved ones, more basketball news keeps on breaking. This time, it’s the bombshell that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, declaring that he doesn’t want to play with LeBron James anymore.
James – who might’ve leaked the news of Irving’s request – is reportedly shocked and dismayed that the Cavaliers point guard would want to leave Cleveland. The King is so angry that he reportedly would fight Irving if he saw him today.
This drama is starting to border on Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal territory, and it seems that a divorce is inevitable.
Irving, who has two years left on his affordable contract, is just 25 years old and he’s one of the best guards in the NBA. He might not play defense at a high level, but offensively he’s unstoppable. And he’s just entering his prime.
The All-Star has requested a trade with the Heat, Spurs, Knicks and Timberwolves, but he doesn’t have a no-trade clause so we can deal him to whichever team we want.
These are three teams that should do almost whatever they can to acquire the young point guard.
The Bucks have the next great NBA superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak plays the point forward position and needs the ball a lot, and so does Irving. Milwaukee would have to figure out the usage, but coach Jason Kidd could make it work.
An Irving-Antetokounmpo pick-and-roll would be absolutely deadly.
The Bucks would have to give up a lot for Irving, but pairing him with the Greek Freak would be tantalizing. Especially if Milwaukee met the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals.
New York Knicks
Acquiring Irving would help the Knicks on a plethora of levels. First, New York would absolutely love the skills of the talented point guard. He would light up the Madison Square Garden crowd with his scoring prowess. It would re-energize a fan base that badly needs someone to root for other than Kristaps Porzingis.
Speaking of Porzingis, the Irving acquisition would help convince KP to potentially re-sign when his contract is up. The relationship between the Zinger and the Knicks is damaged, sure, but trading for Irving would quickly help restore trust between the two.
On the court, Porzingis would be an ideal fit with Irving. The Knicks can appease Kyrie’s request for being the lead scorer while letting Porzingis evolve into the perfect Stretch-Five in the NBA. It’s almost too good to be true, so it probably won’t happen. Sorry, Knicks fans.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans made the bold move to zig when the rest of the NBA zags. The ‘Cans have two of the best big men in the league while the NBA transitions to a small-ball sport.
If New Orleans isn’t convinced that the Anthony Davis-Demarcus Cousins pairing will work, then the Pelicans could ship Cousins to Cleveland.
The only better pairing than Irving and Porzingis might be Irving and Davis. The two would be amazing in the pick-and-roll, and Davis could help make up for Kyrie’s lack of defensive skills.