The Cleveland Cavaliers can’t get a hold of Kyrie Irving, the point guard that’s been with the team since they drafted him first overall in 2011. But they know where he wants to be: at Madison Square Garden, suiting up for the New York Knicks.
That is, if you believe reporter Pablo Torre, who relayed on ESPN’s First Take that a source told him “Kyrie Irving very badly wants to be a New York Knick.”
The Knicks are one of the four preferred landing spots Irving gave to the Cavs front office in a meeting weeks ago, in which the 25-year-old expressed his desire to leave the team.
While Carmelo Anthony would appear to block Irving’s reported desire to be the focal point of an offense, the Knicks forward could very well be on his way out this summer. Meanwhile, budding big man Kristaps Porzingis will turn 22 next week and would make the perfect dual pick-and-roll and pick-and-pop threat Irving’s never had in Cleveland.
The Cavs have unsuccessfully tried to contact Irving, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told The Athletic, but he is not talking to anyone from the organization.
Cleveland has already begun trade talks with prospective teams. The other three squads Irving listed in his trade request are the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and Minnesota Timberwolves.