Irving has given Cleveland four preferred choices, per Windhorst: the Spurs, Knicks, Heat, and Timberwolves. But, while Irving is likely to be traded, he has no real leverage on where he’ll be traded because he’s under contract for two more seasons. San Antonio would not appear to have the pieces to make a move for Irving in a straight-up deal — Cleveland doesn’t need LaMarcus Aldridge.
Minnesota is too messy a trade partner at this point. Miami is flexible, and a New York trade would likely center on Carmelo Anthony.
Kevin Pelton suggests a win-win trade scenario with the Phoenix Suns, who would offer Irving the central role he desires while offering Cleveland a win-now piece in Eric Bledsoe (a friend of LeBron’s) and some youth.
There are a few personal wrinkles here, too: Bledsoe is a Klutch Sports client. Klutch is run by Rich Paul, LeBron’s close friend and agent. Also, the Suns this week hired James Jones as vice president of basketball operations. Jones is LeBron’s longtime teammate and friend. There are a lot of personal strings to pull on here for both sides.
Possibly. The Celtics added Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum while losing Avery Bradley. Toronto swapped out Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll for C.J. Miles. All of the other high-end Eastern Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys challengers stayed static or got worse. Odds are Cleveland will replace Irving with a major producer and Wholesale NHL Jerseys remain the best in the East, but Boston, Toronto, or Washington could pull off an upset.
Kyrie Irving is ready to move on from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star point guard reportedly requested a trade last week after deciding he no longer wanted to share the spotlight with LeBron James.
But Detroit became hard-capped after signing Langston Galloway and rookie Luke Kennard. The Pistons also finalized a trade that sent Marcus Morris to the Celtics for Avery Bradley, an established two-way shooting guard.
After that trade, the Pistons are only $16.5 million beneath the NBA’s hard cap, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, meaning they could not match any offers on Pope if they were more expensive than that number.
Pope is now the most coveted free agent on the market after players Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Danilo Gallinari made their decisions.
The Los Angeles Lakers have significant interest in offering Pope a one-year “balloon deal,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There, he could join a young, budding core led by No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball.
Pope was expected to receive an offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets, but their US Cheap Jerseys money is tied up after making an offer on Washington’s restricted free agent Otto Porter.
The New York Knicks are another team expected to have interest in Caldwell-Pope, but they offered restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. a lucrative four-year, $71 million offer Wholesale NBA Jerseys sheet — one the Atlanta Hawks are not expected to match.
Kevin Durant took a sharper discount than expected upon agreeing to a new deal with the Golden State Warriors this week. Reports indicate he’ll sign for two years and $53 million, a good deal less than the $63 million over two years he was expected to take. Even that is a haircut on Durant’s natural max of two years and $72 million, which any team with cap space (which the Warriors do not have) could offer.
The Kings continue their quest to make Basketball Twitter swoon — sign Vince Carter to a one-year deal.
Speaking of former Grizzlies, the franchise’s front office wrote a beautiful letter about Zach Randolph in which they announced Memphis would retire his jersey.
Nathaniel Friedman on the ripple effect caused by the Warriors’ dominance.
The Wizards and Nets are getting rather petty over Otto Porter’s offer sheet. Washington will end up matching, but now his contract is going to be way messier than it needed to be. Just pay your very good restricted free agents, people!
The most exciting news of the day? Lob City is back, and it doesn’t need Chris Paul. The Clippers won the Milos Teodosic sweepstakes, bringing the Serbian highlight machine over on a two-year Super Cheap Jerseys Fans deal. He’s instantly the flashiest passer in the NBA and maybe one of the five best. The downside: You Wholesale Jerseys China and I both know he’s going to come off the bench behind Austin Rivers.