With Kyrie Irving still striving for a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the superstar point guard purportedly prefers the Los Angeles Clippers as his possible destination.
The NBA analyst Peter Vecsey said that the four-time NBA All-Star prefers getting traded to the Los Angeles Clippers, via Bryan Kalbrosky’s podcast episode on HoopsHype:
“He loves L.A. and he’s been working out there a lot this summer. Do they have the assets they get him? I don’t see how. But they also have Jerry West and he’s been able to figure out before … the Lakers didn’t have the assets to get Shaq and he wheeled and dealed and figured out and they got him … he was able to get Kobe for Divac in the draft.”
The L.A. Clippers already have placed one prominent contract signing this offseason, moving its superstar Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. That trade deal did bring a lot of professional basketballers back to the City of Angels, including Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Sam Dekker.
Meanwhile, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported on July 28 that the Los Angeles Clippers made an attempt to land Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers, though he doesn’t spell out what—if any—pieces were negotiated going to Cleveland.
When ESPN’s Brian Windhorst first reported that the 25-year-old Irving requested for a trade from the Cavs, a list of preferred franchises was mentioned that included the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks.
It’s uncertain where the Cleveland Cavaliers stand on trading away Kyrie Irving at this very point of time being. Irving is still under contract to the Cavs for a couple of guaranteed seasons with a player option for the 2019-20 NBA season.
The Los Angeles Clippers don’t have much in the way of assets to trade to Cavaliers for Irving but the team reportedly have already made at least one offer to the Cleveland to land Irving.
Kyire Irving does not have a no-trade clause, so he has limited control in determining his destination should he leaves the Cavaliers.