It’s been a whirlwind of a week in the NBA ever since Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving requested to be traded away from the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions.
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ESPN’s Pablo Torre reported (h/t Clevis Murray of FanSided) that Irving “very badly” wants to come to the Knicks, making the Manhattan club the clear favorite within his list of preferred teams.
Irving was born in Australia but attended St. Patrick High School in Hillside, NJ, which is just a 30-minute drive from Madison Square Garden.
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Looking for a more prominent, central role on a team, Irving seemingly wants no part of his current employers.
According to the Atlantic’s Jason Lloyd (h/t Jordan Zirm), the Cavaliers have not been able to get in touch with Irving in any way possible since he handed in his trade request.
The 25-year-old also supplied a list of four teams he wished to be traded to: the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Knicks. Obviously, the Cavaliers do not have to heed to his trade demands considering he’s signed through the 2019-20 season. But the team looks like it’s already taken some precautions just in case they decide he is dealt, signing 2011 league MVP Derrick Rose to a one-year, $2.1 million deal on Monday.
It’s not like Irving hasn’t been heard from. He recently returned from a trip to China where he set the world ablaze by singing “I’m Coming Home,” on his snapchat, which was interpreted in every way possible.
Some thought it was a dig at his teammate LeBron James, others thought the New Jersey native was cryptically telling the world that he was heading to the Knicks.
At the end of the day, though, Irving’s destiny is now in the hands of Cavs management, who can deal him to whomever they deem fit. The point guard doesn’t have a no-trade clause in his contract, something that has kept the Knicks from dealing Carmelo Anthony over the past few weeks.