In his second year alongside James, Irving made the biggest shot in franchise history, draining a 3-pointer in the closing moments of Game 7 to give the Cavs their first title - and the first for any Cleveland pro team since 1964.
While those are the destinations that Irving wants to play for, the Cavaliers are ultimately going to trade him wherever they can get the best return from.
Kyrie Irving wants to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James is believed to be upset by this decision, so it's unclear as to what that means for the best basketball player on the planet who is a free agent next year, and being linked with the Spurs and Lakers among others, in recent weeks. Following Cleveland's Game 5 loss in the Finals, Irving credited James for leading the way.
Earlier Friday, reports emerged that Irving met with the Cleveland Cavaliers last week and asked to be traded. "There were a bunch of scenarios, and I'm not going to discuss anything that was said". Citing sources, ESPN.com said James was informed of Irving's request and was blindsided and disappointed, but was continuing with his offseason workouts.
Keep in mind that Kyrie Irving does not have a no-trade clause in his contract. Sure, the Cavs signed Jose Calderon and Jeff Green, might bring Derrick Rose to the team and are rumored to be in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but they have done next-to-nothing to really shake up their core roster.
Except, it appears Irving wants out. If he were to slow down, he would see just how unsafe he could be.
After missing the playoffs for the past 13 seasons and being a laughingstock for much of that time, the Wolves now feature a nice combination of talent both young and old and are being taken seriously by players.
Meanwhile, Koby Altman, who has been serving as Cleveland's interim general manager during a unusual summer of activity, will be named the team's full-time GM, a person familiar with the decision told the AP. "The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us". In the end, Kyrie doesn't have control over where the Cavs trade him. Irving is one of the best point guards in the league.
Irving leading the Heat against LeBron would provide plenty of theatrics, but if Miami parts with Goran Dragic or Hassan Whiteside, they won't have enough pieces to contend, and neither player is a good fit in Cleveland.
The Spurs make the most sense, although one important caveat to consider: can Irving work under hard-nosed Gregg Popovich?
LeBron James is at the center of this story as well.