Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving requests a trade from Cavs, sources told ESPN. LeBron James was blindsided and is disappointed: https://t.co/54afvYge9V
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 21, 2017
On Friday, news leaked that Irving requested a trade out of Believeland because he was tired of playing in the shadow of LeBron James. Where will he play in 2017?
— Bet Labs Sports (@Bet_Labs) July 22, 2017
The oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Cavs as heavy favorites to keep the 4-time All-Star but in the days since the story broke it appears a trade is more likely.
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Cleveland (+100) is still the favorite. Kyrie has two years remaining on a team-friendly deal. The Cavaliers are not in the same situation as the Pacers so they can take their time and get the best offer.
If it’s not the Cavs then the Knicks look like an ideal trade partner. Carmelo Anthony wants out of New York and has told the front office he would waive his no-trade clause to facilitate a move. Flipping Kyrie for Melo makes sense.
One team Kyrie reportedly would like to go to is the Spurs. San Antonio odds of landing the point guard have improved from +1600 to +1000. Could a LaMarcus Aldridge for Kyrie trade intrigue the Cavs?
The most likely destination for Kyrie, if he isn’t in Cleveland when the 2017 season begins, is any other team without odds. The Field has gone from +1200 to +275, that is an increase in implied probability from 7.7% to 26.7%. Remember, the Thunder weren’t a series trade partner for Paul George until the deal was done, the same is true of the Timberwolves with Jimmy Butler but that is how the NBA works. Trades can happen quickly, where will Kyrie Irving play in 2017?
Try the WNBA
WNBA Pro Systems are 25-14, +18.0 units in 2017