A Kyrie Irving trade will be difficult for the San Antonio Spurs to pull off.
Since Friday, the talks of the NBA surrounded Kyrie Irving and his request to get traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. It would end his six-year stint with the team who drafted him in 2011. Teams he “prefers” are the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, and San Antonio Spurs. It’s a list of young or established teams with upside or room for him to be the leader.
Irving has a preference, however, for the team he wants to join: the Spurs. It’s a head-turner since marquee players typically haven’t chosen this organization as a destination spot. That arguably somewhat changed in recent years, with the acquisition of LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015 free agency.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Spurs at least check in on the Irving rumors, along with about one dozen other teams. Even if there’s little-to-no chance of it happening, it would be a due diligence call.
With San Antonio, though, the chances of them being able to acquire Irving seem unlikely.
For a deal to happen, a number of things would have to go in the franchise’s favor. From having Cleveland’s interest in its younger players to valuing some of San Antonio’s players a certain way, it makes for a not-so-guaranteed situation for Irving to get his desired landing spot, which could change his list of destinations and, maybe, return to Cleveland if things don’t work out like he thought in trade discussions.
There’s plenty of reason to doubt a Irving-to-the-Spurs deal. Let’s look at why expectations should be tempered.