Kyrie Irving recently shocked the entire world with his reported desire to get the hell out of Cleveland, as he didn’t want to continue sharing touches with LeBron James and had the desire to be once again the team’s go-to-guy even if that meant struggling in the postseason.
And while some people thought it was just mere gossip, there have been several signals that actually point that Kyrie’s on his way out of the team, like the Snapchat video he posted when coming back to the U.S from his China tour singing that he was “coming home” like LeBron James once again did.
Besides, the Derrick Rose signing and the shoutout from LeBron, as well as the fact that Kyrie actually unfollowed the King on Instagram, make everybody believe that they’re actually pulling the trigger and that the former Blue Devil is actually leaving.
So, a lot of teams have been named as frontrunners to land the All-Star: the Suns, the Spurs, the Knicks and the Timberwolves, but.. What if none of those teams could actually pull it off? Let’s talk about the top 5 dark horses that could land Uncle Drew:
5. Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets thrived when they finally sent Emmanuel Mudiay to the doghouse and let standout big guy Nikola Jokic run the team’s offense, while Jamal Murray handled the second unit and also played a lot off the ball to show his offensive skills.
And with Paul Millsap’s addition to the mix, this team is going to be one of the most interesting to watch this upcoming season, and if they could land Irving with Jokic being the primary ball handler and him taking things into his own hands in isolation come crunch time, they would be a legit threat in the West.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
We’ve all seen how the Milwaukee Bucks have emerged after being one of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams to a very intriguing and promising prospect featuring a lot of young talent in Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton, Thom Maker and Malcolm Brogdon.
And most people tend to forget the fact that Kyrie Irving is just 25 years old, so he’s also even though we all feel that he’s been around for too long. So, with Brogdon running the point and Giannis also showing some nice play making skills, Kyrie could thrive off the ball and significantly improve this team’s chances in the East.
3. Miami Heat
Well, this would definitely be a thriller, as Kyrie Irving would pretty much be doing the very same thing LeBron James did when he got sick and tired of getting his ass whooped with the Cavs and wanted to pursue his desired O’Brien Trophy.
Kyrie would be a very interesting fit in Erik Spoelstra’s system, with him and Dragic constantly switching between the 1 and the 2 and creating a very tough to beat duo on the backcourt with a lot of firepower and an uptempo offense.
2. Sacramento Kings
The Sacramento Kings improved a lot during this offseason, signing veterans Vince Carter and Zach Randolph to mentor their young talents while George Hill will help De’aaron Fox with the playmaking duties after Darren Collison’s departure.
Nonetheless, considering how much of a mess this franchise is, they could actually be tempted to let some of their prospects go to try and lure Kyrie and enter win-now mode, but not even him could lead them back to contention out of the gate.
1. Boston Celtics
Some fans and even several journalists wonder if the Boston Celtics would be interested in actually trading Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange of Kyrie to boost their chances now with Gordon Hayward already joining the team.
Nevertheless, this scenario is quite unlikely, as the Cavs won’t be interested in helping the Boston Celtics improve, but if they actually pull the trigger, it’s pretty safe to say that Boston’s years in the shadows would be over, and they would instantly become the East’s team to beat once again.