Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland. A list of four teams were revealed as preferred destinations. I rank them.
Friday night's news sent shockwaves across the NBA. Kyrie Irving, star point guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers according to multiple sources reportedly requested a trade from the team as early as last week. Making the whole spectacle even more fluid is that there are already four teams Irving has in mind that he prefers to play with should the team actually honor his request -- the Knicks, Spurs, Timberwolves and the Heat.
So I decided to rank all four teams from which I feel is the best fit for Kyrie Irving to the worst fit.
1. San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio absolutely makes the most sense of the four options. First off there is still a hole at the point guard position. That's even after acknowledging the team did re-sign Patty Mills this summer. But I am also of the opinion that Mills is more effective in a backup role. Tony Parker is still there but after his season ending injury during the postseason and already on the back nine of his career, it is a safe bet that he will never be the same guy again.
2. Minnesota T'Wolves
Minny is a potentially ascending team that just added all star Jimmy Butler to its core alongside the youngins' Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins. Many expect the Wolves to ascend up the ladder in the Western Conference next season. Adding a Kyrie Irving without losing any of their core assets makes the Wolves immediately a top four team in the West. No question.
3. Miami Heat
Imagine if Heat president Pat Riley could actually pull this off. Convincing the very same guy that LeBron James left Riley to dry to play with three years ago. That would be the ultimate gotcha move from the man who has the biggest testicles in all of South Beach. The reality is Miami has very little assets outside Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside to offer Cleveland. Miami is also tapped out of draft picks to ship to entice an attractive offer. The Miami angle may be a long shot at best -- unless the Cavs do get desperate. Anything is possible.
4. New York Knicks
The Knicks franchise could use a jolt. Kyrie Irving would represent the perfect opportunity to truly start over. Honestly if I am New York EVERYONE on the roster-- including Carmelo Anthony is there for the pickings outside of Kristaps Porzingas. Irving also has roots in New York but one has to wonder if the constant yearly dysfunction from the team would ultimately be a turnoff. A Kyrie Irving/Kristap Porzingas core could make things very interesting in an otherwise weak Eastern Conference.