It’s mid-August, and Kyrie Irving is still a Cavalier. Maybe he’ll change his mind about wanting to be traded after seeing pictures of the snazzy new uniforms he’ll get to wear if he stays. Probably not.
Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, who currently does not have a front-office job in the NBA, believes Irving will be traded. Griffin, speaking on ESPN’s “The Jump,” defended Irving. Most critics believe “Ky-me” is whiny for not wanting to play with LeBron James and the Cavaliers, who give him the best chance to win an NBA championship.
“I think Kyrie’s going to end up getting traded,” Griffin said. “I don’t think this is youth and ignorance. This is a guy who handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to. He went to Dan Gilbert privately and told him he thought he would be happier somewhere else. The worst thing this guy could have done is pretend to be all in and sink the ship from within.”
No one is saying who leaked the story last month to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
The Detroit Pistons are the latest team to get involved.
“The Pistons have had some level of conversation with the Cavs,” team president and coach Steve Van Gundy told the Detroit Free Press recently.
Darren Wolfson of ESPN says the Phoenix Suns are the most likely trade partner. He is saying the Suns are willing to offer Eric Bledsoe, a 2018 first-round pick belonging to the Miami Heat and Dragan Bender.
Bledsoe, 6-foot-1, averaged 21.1 points and 6.3 assists in 66 games with the Suns last season. He averaged 33 minutes a game.
Bender doesn’t turn 20 until Nov. 17. Nicknamed “The Croatian Sensation,” Bender, 7-foot-1, played in 43 games with the Suns last season. He averaged 13.3 minutes, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 points a game.
No matter what trade they make, the Cavaliers will be weaker in the starting lineup but should be stronger on the bench.
The Cavaliers signed guard…