Published: Wed, August 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Cavs' Kyrie Trade Plans Affected By LeBron's Uncertain Future

Cavs' Kyrie Trade Plans Affected By LeBron's Uncertain Future

The Cavs still hope to re-sign James for the long haul, but without that certainty they are seeking to get younger rather than make a win-now move for a veteran star.

With Kyrie Irving still wanting to be traded, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs are seeking a return that includes an "elite" young player in exchange for the star point guard.

According to Woj, the Cavaliers are operating as if LeBron will be leaving Cleveland again next season.

Kristaps Porzingis' name has re-emerged in the trade rumor mill, and this time the Latvian sensation is being linked to a potential blockbuster deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks. NY would only listen if the Cavaliers were willing to take the three years, $55 million remaining on center Joakim Noah's contract, the report said.

The Knicks are one of the teams Irving reportedly is willing to play for, although no one is really asking him.

Jackson's departure appears to have helped the situation, but some still question how stable the relationship between Porzingis and the Knicks truly is. That means teams that once merely inquired about the point guard could become bigger players in trade rumors. Irving has requested a trade from the Cavs and one team on his preferred-destinations list is the Knicks. He has National Basketball Association career averages of 9.5 points, 0.6 blocks, 0.5 steals, 0.8 assists, and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 50.5% from the field. However, the Cleveland Cavaliers may not be as interested in a deal with the Spurs due to the Cavs' plan moving forward. Jackson then briefly put Porzingis on the trade block just before the draft. The organization learned it the hard way in 2010 when LeBron left for greener pasture in South Beach.

That's certainly possible, if not plausible, but it's not at all a sign that the Knicks are attempting to trade Porzingis. As we can see with the average point outpoint of each of these players, there was not a definite outstanding second player for the Celtics that they can go to, especially in late-game scenarios. Noah will miss the first 12 games of the season as he finishes a 20-game suspension for using a banned substance.

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