Published: Tue, July 25, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Nuggets Rumors: Cavaliers could want too much for Kyrie Irving

Nuggets Rumors: Cavaliers could want too much for Kyrie Irving

A lack of offseason moves, a front office that appears to be in limbo, and the possible departure of Kyrie Irving are all good reasons for LeBron James to hightail it out of Cleveland.

Cavs point guard and LeBron sidekick Kyrie Irving has reportedly asked to be traded, leaving Cleveland with a choice to either move forward with a discontented player or trade away the team's shot at another National Basketball Association title.

The last three seasons might be misleading, because Irving wasn't asked to be a playmaker, but mostly a scorer, which he did quite well. He will be a free agent after next season.

Zach Lowe of ESPN.com was told by sources that the Cavs are acting as though trading Irving is "inevitable" and that there is "little chance of salvaging their relationship with him". If teams know it is only a matter of time before Irving is dealt, they're less likely to give up much in a potential deal.

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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. Unlike Scotty Pippen, who was the Robin to Michael Jordan, Kyrie Irving wants to be the leader on a championship team, not the understudy. James has done most of the playmaking for Cleveland, helping Uncle Drew hide a relative weakness in his game.

Reports from ESPN also said that owner Dan Gilbert and acting general manager Koby Altman kept Irving in the dark as they tried to pull off the trade packages. Irving averaged 25 points per game last season and averaged more shots (19.7) than James (18.2). The Bucks made the playoffs last season and eventually lost to the Toronto Raptors.

After seeing the Cavaliers thoroughly outworked by the loaded Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in June, it's easy to see just how important depth is to a winning formula.

One thing that a team considering giving up something big for Irving while making him their designated go-to-guy on the floor: The Cavaliers were terrible whenever he was on the floor without James last season, as in bottom of the National Basketball Association bad, or something close to it. To prove that he can be the best player on an elite team.

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