With Phil Jackson gone, many believed that the New York Knicks front offices issues would be somewhat resolved. However, the team is even more dysfunctional that before – which is saying a lot. But, even more so, making us look at Dan Gilbert in a different light, that Kyrie Irving would actually consider leaving playing with the second-best player in the NBA, to join the Knicks.
Today, Adrian Wojnarowski shared a piece on how the immediate future of King James will affect Kyrie Irving trades, which LeBron hasn’t given any indication to the team that he’ll stay beyond next season. With team training camps set to open in a few weeks, the Cavaliers still haven’t found themselves the right trade for Kyrie, to at least get back some respectable talent as compensation.
Well, Woj is now reporting that Cleveland is now targeting 22-year-old, Kristaps Porzingis, who was believed to be a cornerstone piece of the franchise. A few weeks ago, Irving’s camp said Kyrie wants to only play for New York, which raised a few eyebrows around social media.
However, in order for that to happen, the Knicks want to trade away Joakim Noah and his $53-million contract – which we’re sure he would have the best time in Cleveland. As far as Porzingis, there’s still some tension between him and the front office, after he skipped recent exit meetings.
This led to original trade talks directly from Phil Jackson, that were put on hold after the Zenmaster was fired in late June. It’s unclear if Kristaps still has any ill feeling towards the team’s front office, but that should be revealed during training camp and/or if they even entertain the idea of a trade.
Bottom line, we’re assuming Porz stays, with Irving being shipped off somewhere out west for star power in exchange (Phoenix?). Let us know in the comments what you think.
How Cleveland's uncertainty over LeBron James' future is impacting the Kyrie Irving trade talks. Column on ESPN. https://t.co/QbIV7QXFQN
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 15, 2017