Kyrie Irving's trade demand to the Cavaliers front office was one of the biggest moments of this past NBA offseason -- perhaps the most exciting in the history of the sport -- and the drama that led up to his trade was nothing short of a daytime soap opera.
Many teams were rumored to be pursuing Irving after it was made known he wanted out of Cleveland, but the Celtics -- armed with All-Star Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn's 2018 first rounder -- swooped in to take Kyrie off of the Cavs' hands.
However, recent reports are stating that Cleveland and San Antonio were extremely close to sealing a deal that would send Kyrie to the Spurs way before the Boston trade. The player that was rumored to be heading to Cleveland in exchange for Irving? None other than another former disgruntled star, LaMarcus Aldridge, who only recently signed an extension in the Alamo.
It makes a lot of sense that a trade between the two powerhouse clubs was discussed, as both Irving and Aldridge had become frustrated with their role on either team, so a straight swap between the two would've remedied both problems.
A duo of Kyrie Irving -- under coach Pop's tutelage -- and Kawhi Leonard would've run rings around almost every other Western Conference team, and Aldridge joining the Cavs would have created a deadly pick-and-pop game between LeBron and LaMarcus. The issue of the starting power forward most likely would have arisen though between LMA and Kevin Love and may have resulted in a Love trade to acquire a starting caliber point guard to replace Irving.
Alas, Kyrie is now the number one option in Boston, and Aldridge is staying put in San Antonio for the foreseeable future, so this hypothetical will remain just that.