The disgruntled Cavaliers point guard is a four-time All-Star who has averaged 21.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game over his six National Basketball Association seasons. He sat out the entire 2012-13 season following knee surgery.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst recently reported that Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland and out from under the shadow of LeBron James. As we saw in LeBron's absence, Irving (nor anyone else, for that matter) could lead that team without James. Last week, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving asked the team to trade him, a development that rocked the organization and sent shockwaves through the league.
Irving's request for a trade has put the franchise in a distressing position considering it has gone to three straight NBA Finals and has captured one title in that span. But Irving has yet to prove that he can be the No. 1 option on a winning team. Most expect to see Kyrie Irving in a Cavaliers jersey next season, but with the new office management in Cleveland, anything is possible.
LeBron James, left, and Kyrie Irving at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, June 9. I don't know that to be true at all, but I know that's what Kyrie Irving believes.
Irving would be playing under head coach Jason Kidd, one of the best point guards the National Basketball Association has ever seen, with the Bucks core group intact.More news: Violent clashes in Jerusalem leave several dead, more than 100 wounded
The biggest winners of the Kyrie Irving trade request is hands down- the Houston Rockets.
Speaking of defense, there might not be a better place for Irving than with Leonard and the Spurs. In Cleveland, then in Miami and then in Cleveland again, the fear has always been that The King would pack up and leave when he hits free agency. Irving is recognized as a premier National Basketball Association scorer, owner of an unparalleled handle and the league's most-creative finishes at the rim. But all of these numbers raise some questions regarding his all-around game.
If Irving can take on an offensive burden around 22 points and 6.5 assists per game in 33 minutes per game, Leonard can settle into a slightly less taxing offensive role.
Times have changed and the new age Rockets are on a collision course to be the best "Super Team" ever.