The Cleveland Cavaliers are in a tough spot when it comes to honoring the trade request of Kyrie Irving.
If they keep the disgruntled point guard they are very likely to lose him for nothing when Irving is eligible for free agency. They also run the risk of Irving fully alienating himself from the team and his teammates, causing a rift in the locker room and compromising team chemistry moving forward.
But trading Irving away comes with it’s risks for the Cavs as well.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the possibility of LeBron James leaving next offseason in free agency is a major factor in the tam’s trade talks regarding Irving.
Wojnarowski notes that the Cavs aren’t giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer but the team is “no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay.”
While team execs and ownership want to see James commit long-term so they can build around him, James wants to see a team plan executed before doing so.
Cleveland hasn’t found much traction in their high demands in return for Irving. The have targeted the likes of New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics rookie forward Jayson Tatum, Phoenix Suns rookie wing Josh Jackson as well as Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray.
Wojnarowski pointed out that Boston has interest in Irving and also noted that they have could offer the best return for Irving.
Celtics Targeting Pelicans’ Anthony Davis
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics have had an interest in Davis for a long time:
“Boston has been hawking Anthony Davis for years. They always hoped that it would be—whether it’s the end of this season or the beginning of next before the trade deadline—that they would gather up all those assets, all those picks Danny Ainge has, young players, and they’d be the team to be able to get Anthony Davis.”
“But now you have L.A., and if they get shut out in free agency, they’re going to have to take all their young players to try to use them to get Anthony Davis.”
Davis is averaging 28 points, 12.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists, and 2.8 blocks per game for the Pelicans this season.
Celtics’ Jaylen Brown Expects to Come off the Bench
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown may be returning to action later this week after missing three straight games due to a tailbone injury, but he expects to come off the bench when he finally does return to the court.
“I believe in my ability,” Brown said, according to MassLive’s Tom Westerholm. “Coaching staff believes in my ability. If coming off bench makes sense – people make it a bigger deal than it really is. At end of the day it’s basketball. (Gordon) Hayward came off the bench & had 30 points. It’s a mindset. It’s a choice.”
Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Only Wants to Play into Mid-30s in NBA
Irving stated that he only wants to play in the NBA until his early-mid 30s, according to Celtics reported Marc D’Amico.
Kyrie Irving says he only wants to play in the NBA until his early to mid-30s.
— Marc D’Amico (@Marc_DAmico) November 23, 2018
Irving is the franchise cornerstone for Boston and is posting 22.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game this season for the Celtics.
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