For the San Antonio Spurs or any team that deals for Kyrie Irving, they aren’t guaranteed him past 2019.
After almost two weeks of trade rumors, Kyrie Irving remains on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and New York Knicks are among the teams linked to him.
For any team that takes Irving — if he gets traded — they’re guaranteed two years out of him. He’s owed nearly $19 million in 2017-18 and $20 million in 2018-19, before he can use a player option for the 2019 offseason. Given the contracts that were handed out to James Harden, Stephen Curry, and others, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Irving take advantage of free agency a year early.
Well, if a team deals for Irving, they may not get him for anything past those two years. Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer reported his lack of desire to commit, for now:
“I’m told Irving is not about to commit to any team at this point. He has two seasons left on his contract and wants to keep his options open.”
Pluto also noted how Irving “desperately” wants out. He thinks he’ll be prepping for the upcoming season at another team’s training camp.
A report like this obviously won’t help the Spurs and any that desires a long-term commitment from Irving. There could be an organization willing to gamble, like the Phoenix Suns, who Pluto noted as a potential fit throughout the piece. If the Spurs feel it’s necessary to keep the 2016 NBA Champion away from other teams, then, maybe, the desperation level for a deal increases, but given the team’s track record, it’s difficult seeing that happen.
However, San Antonio did make an offer, the details of which are unknown. So, there was an attempt made, but how serious or close was it?
With two-and-a-half months to go before the start of the regular season, Irving will likely be a center piece of any storyline in the late summer and early fall. Where will he end up?