San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Kyrie Irving has Spurs as primary destination

By Rob Wolkenbrod
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kyrie Irving
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Kyrie Irving /

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly a top destination for Kyrie Irving.

The San Antonio Spurs’ offseason looked like it was coming to a close. They locked up Patty Mills and Pau Gasol, and signed three players from other organizations: Brandon Paul, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Rudy Gay.

San Antonio was originally in the mix for Chris Paul, but that ended when he was traded to the Houston Rockets. However, there’s another point guard the team from the Alamo City could target or, at least, someone who has interest in heading there.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has interest in joining the Spurs. It’s “one of the primary teams raised as a preferred trade destination for him,” as Wojnarowski said in this tweet below:

Sources: In the Kyrie Irving meeting with Cavs, one of primary teams raised as a preferred trade destination for him: The San Antonio Spurs.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 21, 2017

This news came a short time after ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Irving’s desire to leave Cleveland. He asked for a trade, wanting to be the preferred option on another team. It’s news that “disappointed” and “blindsided” LeBron James, who he was teammates with for the past three seasons.

Irving to the Spurs would be a groundbreaking deal for the team. It’s a 1-2 pairing with Kawhi Leonard that could be one of the best in the NBA, with the potential to rule the top of the Western Conference.

Of course, a player like Irving comes at a price. How high remains to be seen, but parting with multiple big-name assets seems likely for San Antonio. Young pieces include Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Kyle Anderson. First-round draft picks can be factored into this, too.

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There will potentially be other suitors for Irving, but if the Spurs get into trade discussions with Cleveland, then it could make for an interesting last 10 days of July, and into August. Will the former Duke star wear the Black and Silver this year?