The San Antonio Spurs aren’t only a preferred destination of Kyrie Irving’s, it’s the top pick of his in a potential trade.
The rumors of Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland have taken over the NBA offseason, which looked to have slowed down near the end of last week. Irving had four teams in mind for his potential trade: the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and San Antonio Spurs. It’s part of him wanting to take a bigger role with another team.
However, the Duke product has a team as his preferred destination, according to ZagsBlog.com. He wants to go to the Spurs, while the Knicks were listed as “not Irving’s preferred destination.”
While a positive that someone of this caliber sees San Antonio as a high-priority landing spot, it may be difficult for them to pull off a deal. The team has young assets (Dejounte Murray, Kyle Anderson, Derrick White), but none that are established, borderline stars that the Cavaliers could want in a deal.
As Dan Feldman of Yahoo! Sports also noted, the Spurs’ draft picks are rarely above No. 20. In fact, it hasn’t been since the 1997 NBA Draft, so if the Cavs were to take a future selection from San Antonio, it’s likely going to be in the low 20’s.
This could make a deal for Irving unlikely, unless the Spurs have a mega offer planned and Irving somehow finds a way to get a hold on these negotiations — which is almost impossible — since he doesn’t have a no-trade clause. That leaves Cleveland in control of where he goes, so it may not even be one of his top-four destinations.
The Irving sweepstakes will become a focal point of the rest of the NBA offseason, or as long as he remains on the open market. Where will he end up?