One of the biggest teams to watch this off-season will be the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a disappointing season in which they failed to make the playoffs again, the team could have a different look next season.
They were fortunate enough to win the NBA Draft Lottery for the third time in four seasons, giving them the top pick in the draft. But the future of star point guard Kyrie Irving is in question. There are reports that the Cavs won’t offer Irving a max extension, and Fox Sports’ Sam Amico is reporting that the Cavs have talked to teams about Irving:
#Cavs have fielded a couple calls about Kyrie Irving, league sources say. Given talk of max extensions, not surprising teams willing to ask.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) May 31, 2014
The Kyrie Irving saga continues to unfold before everyone and there has to be some sort of surprise at how this is going. Irving is far and away the team’s best player and would seem to be the person they could build a team around, but that may not be the case.
Irving is a two-time All-Star and his numbers have been excellent since entering the NBA. The Cavs’ reluctance to extend him and seeming willingness to actually trade him would seem to point to inner turmoil in the organization.
While the teams who have inquired about Irving are unknown, the Lakers are sure to explore the possibility of acquiring Irving if he is available. With Kevin Love possibly on his way out of Minnesota, general manager Mitch Kupchak will almost definitely be on the phones trying to bring in the next wave of Lakers superstars.
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