We first learned of the bombshell that Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers a few days ago. Then on Sunday, Sam Amico printed that the New Orleans Pelicans have inquired about trading for the point guard from the 2016 NBA championship team.
Numerous teams are expected to call the Cavaliers now that the news is out there about Irving. According to Amico Hoops sources, Phoenix, Minnesota, Denver and New Orleans have already plotted their calls and offers.
Irving is a four-time All-Star, the 2012 Rookie of the Year and widely considered one of the most potent offensive forces in the game. The problem is that he doesn’t make any sense for a roster already committed to two of the best big men in the league.
For starters, Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday were just signed by the Pelicans, so the two cannot be traded until December 15th and January 15th, respectively. If the Pelicans were to sell the ranch for Irving, Rondo, who was likely promised a prominent role, would be left fighting for minutes off the bench. As we observed during his time with the Dallas Mavericks, one doesn't want to make Rondo unhappy.
Secondly, and more importantly, the Pelicans best win-now trade asset is DeMarcus Cousins. (Sorry, there’s no way Anthony Davis is on the trade table.) While I could see LeBron James be in favor of adding the big man, it’s likely very few on Airline Drive would be happy to see him depart — certainly not Davis or Rondo!
- The organization has spent the last several months building specifically around Boogie and The Brow.
- As mentioned, the front office has committed itself to Holiday and Rondo.
- They’ve brought in Chris Finch, an assistant coach noted for his work with big man Nikola Jokic.
No, if I had to wager, either Demps was merely doing his due diligence by gauging the asking price of Cleveland, or he notified Koby Altman, the Cavaliers new general manger, that New Orleans could help facilitate a possible multi-team deal by including salary and future draft picks.
Sorry guys, but I don’t believe Kyrie Irving is a realistic scenario for the New Orleans Pelicans in any direct trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers.