With news today that Kyrie Irving has put in a trade request with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the rumor mill and armchair general manager talk will start immediately.
Although reports stated that Irving preferred the San Antonio Spurs, teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves were mentioned as well.
But one team could actually offer a healthy deal to the Cavs, one that would also excite LeBron James and perhaps entice Irving to commit the team long term.
That team is the Phoenix Suns, and they have assets to spare.
The Suns have a young team that may be a year or 2 away from competing in the ultra competitive Western Conference, but adding a piece like Irving to pair with the likes of Devon Booker, Marquese Chriss and Josh Jackson could be lethal.
The Suns also offer the Cavs an opportunity to get a healthy haul of talent in return, starting with James’ close friend and guard Eric Bledsoe.
The Suns also have some draft picks to throw in along with the likes of Tyson Chandler and Brandon Knight to sweeten the pot of any offer.
Irving reportedly wants to find a situation where he can be the focal point. A team like Phoenix, in need of veteran leadership could be that fit.
Along with the young talent that the Suns can boast, Irving’s addition could help catapult them in time, to the ranks of the Western Conference elite.
The Suns current roster could be appealing enough to help retain Irving once his current deal expires.
The Cavs could actually land a sweet package in return for Irving by focusing their efforts on talks with the Phoenix Suns.
Nothing has been reported or rumored as of yet, but the Suns seem like a logical destination for all parties involved.
We’ll have to pay attention to the rumor mills, NBA oddsmakers and an offshore sportsbook to see what the odds are for Irving relative to any team, including the Suns.
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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