The never ending saga surrounding Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers continues.
According to a report from ESPN’s Pablo Torre (via Clevis Murray of Def Pen Hoops), Irving “very badly” wants to play for the New York Knicks.
This is yet another report regarding Irving’s desire to find a way out of Cleveland.
This can also be a strong indication that Irving has no interest in heading to the Phoenix Suns, whom he has been linked to and who has assets that appeal to the Cavs such as rookie Josh Jackson.
Irving wants out of Cleveland for a number of reasons and has not been in communication with the team despite the flurry of reports in recent days.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that Irving wants to be traded in part because he “wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point” and reports indicate he no longer wants to be LeBron James’ “sidekick”.
Irving’s desire to play for the Knicks will undoubtedly motivate New York to increase their efforts to make a trade for the point guard but with limited attractive assets to offer, it’s unclear how the Knicks may be able to pull off a trade.
One scenario could be including the Phoenix Suns as a 3rd team to help facilitate a potential trade, but Phoenix would need to be motivated to part with a players such as Eric Bledsoe to get involved.
Irving to the Knicks to play alongside Kristaps Porzingis is certainly appealing and gives the Knicks 2 franchise cornerstones to build around moving forward.
Cavaliers’ Announcer Fred McLeod Dies at 67
Cleveland Cavaliers announcer Fred McLeod passed away on Monday night at the age of 67, according to a team announcement.
Per the announcement, McLeod passed away suddenly on Monday night, but no further details were given.
McLeod, who is Cleveland native, has been the team’s TV play-by-play announcer since 2006, and the Cavs called him a “great friend and teammate” and a “heart-felt ambassador.”
Prior to joining the Cavaliers organization, McLeod was the Detroit Pistons announcer for 22 seasons, also calling games for the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions.
“It is with true sadness that we mourn the passing of Fred McLeod, who we were fortunate to have return as the television voice of Lions preseason football earlier this year,” the Lions said via and official statement. “Fred brought an energy to our broadcasts this summer and demonstrated the same passion for our team that he had for Detroit throughout his broadcasting career.
“The entire Detroit Lions organization extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife, Beth, his family and members of the TV broadcast community he helped mentor for more than four decades.”
Cavs Hiring Lindsay Gottlieb As Assistant Coach
The Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring University of California-Berkeley women’s coach Lindsay Gottlieb to join head coach John Beilein’s staff as an assistant coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gottlieb, 41, is a decorated head coach, a Final Four and seven-time NCAA tournament head coach during her time with the Golden Bears, posting a 179-78 (.668) record while coaching several eventual WNBA players.
During her time at the helm of the Golden Bears, Gottlieb has led teams that advanced to seven NCAA tournaments in her eight seasons at Cal, including a trip to the 2013 Final Four.
Gottlieb’s hiring is historically significant, as she becomes the first women’s collegiate head coach recruited to an NBA staff in league history.
Gottlieb is expected to ink a 4-year pact with the Cavaliers, and will play a prominent role alongside Beilein and assistant head coach JB Bickerstaff.
Cavs’ Dan Gilbert Hospitalized After Experiencing Stroke Symptoms
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Giblert was hospitalized on Sunday after he suffered symptoms associated with a stroke, according to the Detroit News’ Nolan Finley and Kim Kozlowski.
Gilbert, 57, was admitted to Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak in suburban Detroit.
Gilbert also a founder of Quick Loans, which released the following statement: “Early this morning, Dan Gilbert sought care at a local hospital after experiencing stroke-like symptoms,” Quicken Loans said in the statement. “He received immediate medical attention and is currently recovering comfortably. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with Dan for a speedy recovery. The Gilbert family respectfully requests privacy at this time.”
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