It’s looking like Cleveland’s “Big 3” may not involve Kyrie Irving next season.
The Cavaliers are reportedly considering a three-team trade that would send Irving to the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony, according to Yahoo Sports Initial reports suggest the third team involved may be the Suns. An ESPN report suggested the Knicks would also send future first-rounders to Cleveland in order to get rid of Anthony get Irving.
Irving, of course, blindsided LeBron James and Co. when the news broke late Friday he had asked the team to trade him in a meeting last week. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft and four-time All-Star has averaged 21.6 points, 5.5. assists and 3.4 rebounds in six seasons for Cleveland. Anthony, a member of the infamous ” Banana Boat crew” alongside James, averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game in his seven years in New York.
The Cavs’ latest trade talks are indicative of an organization in flux: They made it to their third consecutive NBA Finals against the Warriors, but were manhandled in five games in a 4-1 series loss this year. The Cavs have since tried to make several moves to close the gap between them and Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the superteam in Oakland.
They nearly pulled the trigger on a deal that would have send Paul George to Cleveland and low-balled Chauncey Billups in the team’s search for a new GM. The team has reportedly agreed to terms with Koby Altman. He’s got a big mess to clean up.
Source: Zac Al-Khateeb| Sporting News