Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is looking for a way out of Cleveland and the All-Star point guard has been linked to several teams.
Count the Los Angeles Clippers among the top contenders..
Patreon’s Peter Vecsey reported that Irving would prefer a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, via HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky:
“He loves L.A. and he’s been working out there a lot this summer. Do they have the assets they get him? I don’t see how. But they also have Jerry West and he’s been able to figure out before … the Lakers didn’t have the assets to get Shaq and he wheeled and dealed and figured out and they got him … he was able to get Kobe for Divac in the draft.”
Vecsey, however, stated that Irving doesn’t have any leverage and that he does not envision a doable deal despite Irving’s preference.
This report could likely drive down his value to interested teams not on his list of preferred destinations that he has been linked to such as Phoenix.
The Clippers have tried to work out a trade with the Cavaliers for Irving, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times but it is unclear what assets were discussed.
Cavs’ Rodney Hood Does Not Want to Be Gunner
The Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff has been pushing shooting guard Rodney Hood to be more aggressive, but Hood admits that he simply isn’t meant to be a gunner.
“I’m not a gunner,” Hood said, according to Cleveland.com.
“I think it’s not great for our team for me to be a gunner. We have a lot of guys who can score the ball. I draw attention. So when I draw attention, make the dump-off pass and make the right play, spray out to shooters and some nights we hit shots and it’s great and some nights we don’t hit shots and it’s like, ‘You need to shoot the ball more.’
Hood has put up 13.0 ppg this season for Cleveland and admits he is still finding his place in the offense.
“Just figuring it out,” Hood stated. “Trying to figure out the even balance of being real aggressive and making plays like I’ve been trying to do.”
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks
Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.
Cavs’ Kevin Love Targeting January Return
Love underwent surgery on his injured toe at the beginning of November and he was initially projected to be available to return around Christmas, but now his projected timetable of return seems to be the middle of January.
With one of the worst records in the NBA, Cleveland can afford to take their time with Love and bring him back slowly.
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