Kobe Bryant Addresses Rumors of Him Influencing Kyrie Irving's Trade Demands

On the surface, trying to put together a trade package to land Kyrie Irving seems like the obvious move for the Heat.

The sports world has pilloried Kyrie Irving since Friday, when reports surfaced that the four-time All-Star requested a trade at a meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Kyrie Irving could become a free agent after the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season.

The Cavaliers are projecting confidence they can snare a king's ransom for Kyrie Irving, and more than that, they are acting - for now - as if a trade is nearly inevitable, and that there is little chance of salvaging their relationship with him, according to several sources familiar with the situation. James makes everyone around him better, including Irving. But for now, we can all expect to see him in a No. 23 Cavs jersey until at least next June.

Irving would be playing under head coach Jason Kidd, one of the best point guards the National Basketball Association has ever seen, with the Bucks core group intact. James has done most of the playmaking for Cleveland, helping Uncle Drew hide a relative weakness in his game.

While the simulation does account for the Cavs eventually signing Derrick Rose (and having Jeff Green on the bench), it doesn't reflect what the team may have gotten via a trade with the Spurs (or a third team).

They took special note of Phoenix flipping an unhappy Goran Dragic on an expiring contract for two first-round picks, including Miami's unprotected 2021 pick.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game in his lone season with the Knicks.

After losing their second NBA Finals in three years to the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers have suddenly found themselves in a state of uncertainty for the first time since LeBron James returned to the city three years ago.

The Cavaliers are listening on trades on their superstar point guard as they bring in a former superstar point guard. General manager David Griffin left the team, owner Dan Gilbert couldn't entice former National Basketball Association star Chauncey Billups to join his front office and now the Irving mess. I'm not going to accuse LeBron of such a thing, I don't know that to be true at all, but I know that's what Kyrie Irving believes.

The Cavaliers have done their best this offseason to improve their team given the circumstances.

  • Stacy Allen