Former Duke guard Kyrie Irving made it clear last Friday that he wants to be traded. Reportedly, even his teammate LeBron James, is trying to make that happen.
According to ESPN’s Pablo Torre, James is ‘hustling behind the scenes’ for the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason and even throwing out potential trade targets such as Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson.
“LeBron James is doing some LeBron James offseason work,” Torre said according to Fear The Sword. “And my understanding is it’s not just Derrick Rose, it’s not just Eric Bledsoe. LeBron James happens to know a guy named James Jones . . . LeBron James is hustling behind the scenes, is my understanding, asking ‘Is Josh Jackson available for Kyrie Irving?’ And the answer back that I heard is ‘no, he is not.’ But LeBron James is hustling on behalf of the Cleveland Cavaliers, at least for this one year.”
The last sentence is one of the craziest things about all of this drama. James will be a free agent next summer, and it’s unclear whether he is going to re-sign. One would think that will make it difficult to convince anyone, even a rookie, to come to Cleveland.
In a perfect world, the former Duke guard would probably land with the New York Knicks, but the two teams don’t have mutual interests according to NBC Sports. Originally, it was rumored Carmelo Anthony was interested in playing with James, but there are also other rumors that suggest Anthony is only interested in joining the Houston Rockets.
Irving was a freshman star at Duke before heading to the NBA to be the No. 1 pick in 2011. He has played his entire career with the Cavaliers.
Since James returned to Cleveland, the Cavaliers have been to three straight NBA Finals and won it all in 2016. Irving hit the game-winning shot of that series in Game 7.