We all know by now that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland, and I don’t blame him at all. Reportedly, his four preferred destinations are the Knicks, Spurs, Timberwolves, and Heat. I personally think he’ll either end up in New York or sticking around in Cleveland. However, the GM with the most assets in the league has reportedly done his due diligence and placed a call to Cleveland about what it would take to land the star point guard.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 24, 2017
It makes sense that Danny Ainge made that phone call to Cleveland. When a star player reportedly becomes available and you believe you can add him to your roster, you at the very least have to make a call to see what you’d have to give up.
*2018 Nets #1 pick
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 24, 2017
This wasn’t a reported trade offer by the Celtics, it’s just an idea of what might have to go to Cleveland in order to get Kyrie. I think I would do this trade because if you’re to get Kyrie there really is no need for Isaiah anymore, trading Jae Crowder would un-clog the wing position and help match up salary-wise, and you have to give up future assets like Yabu and the Brooklyn pick to land a player of Kyrie’s caliber. So I would do this trade on paper, but there’s no way in hell I think the Celtics will ever actually get Kyrie Irving.
It just wouldn’t make sense for the C’s to make this kind of trade right now, especially with Cleveland. Why would the two top teams in the East make a trade with each other that could potentially benefit the other? Either team would just be shooting themselves in the foot if they were to make a trade like this together. The Celtics also definitely don’t under any circumstances feel the need to trade IT. Danny Ainge struck gold when he traded for him a few seasons back and I highly doubt he would give up on him after everything he has done and been through for this team. The roster they have built up over the past couple years to now is good enough in my eyes to challenge and probably even beat Cleveland, with or without Kyrie Irving. I’d be shocked to see Kyrie end up with the Celtics.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)