With Kyrie Irving reportedly wanting out of Cleveland, Cleveland Mocks takes a look at some possible trade scenarios. We used the advanced technology of the ESPN trade machine, so you know they’re legit.
Option 1: Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson to New York. Courtney Lee, Channing Frye and Kay Felder to Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland. In this trade everyone wins! New York gets its star point guard, while Tristan Thompson’s addition could be big if the Kardashians ever want a New York setting for their show. OKC gets some veteran pieces and a young guard, not to mention dumping the reigning MVP’s large contract. The Cavs get a point guard to replace Irving, as well as a friend for LeBron James in a pathetic attempt to convince him to re-sign after the season.
Option 2: Kyrie Irving, Channing Frye to Utah. Derrick Favors to Minnesota. Ricky Rubio, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to Cleveland. In this perspective deal, Utah grabs not only a star point guard, but a veteran forward who can stretch the floor. The Cavs would net an athletic wing, a pass-first guard to play with him, as well as one of the most promising up-and-coming bigs in the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves are also in this trade, and isn’t it fun when teams like that get included?
Option 3: This deal sends Kyrie Irving to the Phoenix Suns, along with Ron Baker. The Knicks would acquire Tyson Chandler, Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye. The Cavs here would end up with Carmelo Anthony, Eric Bledsoe, Kristaps Porzingis, T.J. Warren and Devin Booker. This deal would a great one, particularly for the Knicks. Pairing Chandler with Joakim Noah is hard to pass up. Two former defensive players of the year in one lineup and a floor stretching big man! Not to mention Tristan Thompson would also be headed to the Big Apple. The Suns finally get their star point guard they’ve been craving since Steve Nash was traded. They also get Baker, who was decent at times with New York. The Cavs would get Warren, who could be a huge factor against the Warriors. He can slash to the basket as well as defend at a high level, a true Swiss Army knife player. The Cavs would also take on the contracts of Anthony and Bledsoe as well as ending up with a couple of young projects in Kristaps Porzingis and Devin Booker.
Option 4: Our final option is a little different. Maybe, just maybe, James and Irving can rectify their differences and continue to play together. In this scenario, the Cavs could flip some pieces and add complementary players to their current roster, while keeping Kyrie Irving. In this deal, the Cavs would send some nice role players to New York as well as a Edy Tavares, a promising shot blocker, and some guys who aren’t on the roster. They would also lob the Knicks a future first-rounder. The Cavs would get Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, in what would a mutually beneficial deal, if there ever was one.
Again, the ESPN trade machine says these all work, so there is no reason to doubt their validity. If these weren’t possible, the trade machine would say so.