Kyrie Irving reportedly would prefer getting traded to the Clippers.
On the HoopsHype podcast, NBA analyst Peter Vecsey said Irving likes Jerry West and what he has done for teams in the past and likes the prospect of being on a team where West has a say in how the team is formed.
I’m told [Kyrie] wants to play for the Clippers. That’s the team I was told he wants to play, Vecsey said. He loves L.A. He’s been working out a lot there this summer.
The Clippers don’t have much in the way of assets to trade for Irving but they reportedly have already made at least one offer to the Cavaliers to get the All-Star point guard.
Irving does not have a no-trade clause, so he has limited leverage in determining where he ends up if he leaves Cleveland.
This is not the kind of offseason a team with the game’s best player aging and at the end of his contract should have had if it was serious about another championship. There was a potential deal for Jimmy Butler last month, and there was talk of a move for Carmelo Anthony. There was the chance to put together one last aggressive push, to change the Cavs’ dynamics when they, presumably, went up against the Warriors in next year’s NBA Finals.
There was at least the chance to bring in a quality veteran off the bench, like Jamal Crawford. Instead, the Cavs signed 22-year-old Turkish wing Cedi Osman, giving him a chunk of their limited mid-level exception. Nice for the Cavs to be thinking about the long-term future, but for James and Cleveland, the future is next June. Anything beyond that is a waste of time. The signing of Osman had to be taken by James as a thumb to the eye.