Former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin recently stated in an interview for The Jump, that he actually believes that All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is getting traded despite the rumors that pointed that Cleveland was going to force him to stay.
“I think this is a guy who wants to know how good he can be,” Griffin said. “LeBron casts a very large shadow over an organization, and most of it is really really positive. You know you are expected to win a championship, by way of example. But what that doesn’t always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries and see how good he can really be. And, ‘can I really be the front man of a team like that?’
“He just wanted to put himself in a position, I think, where he could find out exactly what he has as a 25-year-old entering his prime.”
And more than that, he actually talked a bit more than he should’ve, revealing two of the top options on Kyrie’s desired destinations, also commenting that he wanted to play under very good coaching situations, either with Boston’s Brad Stevens and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.
“[Kyrie’s] list included really good coaching situations,” Griffin said. “Brad Stevens and [Gregg] Popovich.”
Spurs were one of the reported destinations for Kyrie since day 1 alongside the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks, and who on earth wouldn’t want to play for the most steady and functional franchise in competitive sports?
As a matter of fact, the Spurs could have a very interesting trade package to land the former Blue Devil, especially considering that Tony Parker’s career is coming to an end and that LaMarcus Aldridge wants out of the team, so they could send him alongside David Bertans and a former Cavalier: Danny Green.
When it comes to Boston, things get kind of complicated, as they were instantly ruled out because obviously, the Cavs wouldn’t want to help an Eastern Conference contender get better, but truth to be told, the Celtics currently own the best trade package Cleveland could ask in return for his prolific scorer.
The Celtics could send Isaiah Thomas’s expiring deal alongside Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and a Brooklyn Nets 1st round pick.
It’s difficult to imagine how this situation will wind up, but the season is just around the corner and Kyrie’s trade value drops by the minute, so hopefully, we’ll get some closure on this story anytime sooner than later.