San Antonio Spurs Rumors: Kyrie Irving’s preferred destination changed

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

The San Antonio Spurs were the team of choice for Kyrie Irving, but he may want to go somewhere else.

After Kyrie Irving wanted a move to the San Antonio Spurs, it seems this changed. According to’s Peter Vecsey (h/t HoopsHype), Irving prefers a deal to the Los Angeles Clippers. He noted the Duke product summer workouts in Los Angeles.

For the past month, Irving was the subject of trade rumors. He requested a move from the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a desire to be the lead man elsewhere, instead of LeBron James who’s been the team’s top player and focus since 2014-15.

Irving listed San Antonio as a top destination, with the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Miami Heat as other teams he’d go to. Each team, including the Spurs, has its upsides and downsides to a potential deal.

Six teams even made offers for the Cavs’ star point guard. Two weeks after this was revealed, however, nothing seemed imminent and it looks that way on August 12.

Irving would be an upgrade over the current point guard options on the Spurs, unless Kawhi Leonard switched to the position in a James Harden-esque move the Houston Rockets pulled off in the 2016-17 season. Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray, and Derrick White are the three point guards San Antonio has, as Tony Parker recovers from a torn quad for an indefinite period of the 2017-18 season.

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Irving put up 25.2 points per game and shot 47 percent in the 2016-17 season, with the Cavaliers — a career high. He played in more than 70 games for just the third time in six years. This was part of the team that represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Cleveland lost to the Golden State Warriors, 4-1.