Since Irving is under contract for two more seasons, technically speaking there’s nothing forcing the Cavaliers from keeping Kyrie. But given that leaks have specifically singled out LeBron as the reason Irving wants to leave, it would seem highly unlikely Cleveland would be comfortable bringing him back for an awkward reunion without some sort of major sitdown between the pair. As such, you’d expect the Cavs to pull off a trade before training camp begins in late September.
LeBron has a no-trade clause, meaning he can veto any trade Cleveland proposes. The weird mix of his value, his contract situation (including the no-trade clause), and the extant likelihood he wants to remain in Cleveland makes it basically impossible to find a proper trade.
Here, read this piece I wrote during the NBA Finals about what a maddening riddle Irving’s career has become. The bit about LeBron’s barbershop comments takes on new life with Irving’s trade request.
There are only 12 players allowed on each All-Star team. That’s just the way it is.
The West All-Star starters are on rinse and repeat for the next three years. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, and one of either James Harden or Russell Westbrook will headline the team, with the final slot going to Anthony Davis or another deserving West big.
That’s 21 players competing for 12 slots, and we don’t even know which middling Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Western Conference player is going to have a breakout season yet.
It’ll be equally difficult picking East All-Stars, though. Why? Well, fewer Cheap NFL Jerseys China players will be as deserving.
The East lost three All-Stars (George, Butler, Millsap) and only recouped one (Hayward). If Carmelo Anthony has his way, he’ll be traded to the Rockets — though he could wind up in Cleveland if the Knicks buy his contract out. Even if he stays in the East, Father Time is undefeated, and Anthony is a player on the wrong side of 30.