Pittsburgh Steelers player Ryan Shazier showed up to training camp in a David Robinson-San Antonio Spurs jersey and commented on the Kyrie Irving rumors.
The San Antonio Spurs have been the subject of trade rumors for the past week, all of which surrounded Kyrie Irving. The organization is his “preferred” destination. However, it’s unknown if the Spurs contacted the Cleveland Cavaliers and if a trade is even likely to happen between the two sides.
If San Antonio acquired Irving, you can bet jerseys of his will flood the streets of the Alamo City. That may be the case with one person, in particular, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier.
On Thursday, Shazier arrived to the Steelers’ training camp, wearing a David Robinson jersey. He stepped out of the car and was greeted by reports, getting asked if he was a big Spurs fan. Video of this, via Penn Live’s Jacob Klinger, can be seen below:
Steelers LB Ryan Shazier says the San Antonio Spurs need to sign Kyrie Irving https://t.co/eohIQ7bpJy
— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) July 27, 2017
The Tribune-Review’s Chris Adamski added that Shazier was asked about the Irving rumors. He said the team “needs” him:
Ryan Shazier shows up in a sweet David Robinson throwbackSays he's a "big" Spurs fan. Asked about Kyrie Irving, Shazier said,"We need him!"
— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) July 27, 2017
It’s an interesting debate if the Spurs “need” Irving. They spent their past two first-round draft picks on point guards in 2016 and 2017 with Dejounte Murray and Derrick White, respectively. Patty Mills was also re-signed to a four-year, $50 million deal, as well as Tony Parker still being around, despite the torn quadriceps.
Of course, at this stage of any of their careers, Irving is the most productive of the group, and by a wide margin. With players like Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge in place, and either likely sticking around (Leonard) or potentially not enough to lead a for Irving (Aldridge), the Spurs may not even have the pieces to get the Duke product.
It seems possible a Irving trade could happen whether it’s to the Spurs or somewhere else. Where will he go?