Do not get too excited off of the headline, it is just speculation. But, the Miami Heat are one of the four teams that Cavs’ All-Star PG, Kyrie Irving, chose as a landing spot via trade. The San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and the New York Knicks are the other three teams Irving listed in a meeting with Cleveland’s front office.
Reports came out this past Friday (July 21st) that Kyrie Irving has been frustrated with the Cavaliers for some time, and requests a trade away from Cleveland.
Let’s explore a possible Kyrie Irving to Miami deal:
The first question is does Miami have enough to offer for Irving, while not losing ground in the East? The second question is dependent on the first question. Let’s assume Miami has enough to put together a deal to snag Irving, is Kyrie worth it?
In trading away Irving, Cleveland would most certainly want some of Miami’s young talent; players like Justice Winslow, Tyler Johnson and Bam Adebayo to name a few. Not listed is Heat dominant center, Hassan Whiteside. I would assume that if Cleveland wants Whiteside, then Miami would back away from trade offers. Even for Kyrie Irving, trading away Whiteside would be a major loss for the Heat, as he makes up the Heat paint. Not to mention the $98 million dollar contract he just signed with the Heat.
Let’s also take a look at the young talent that Cleveland would be interested in. Entering his third season, Justice Winslow is a near lock-down perimeter defender, although he is an offensive liability. Tyler Johnson, only 25 years old, opened some eyes around the league last season posting numbers of 13.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.2apg, as the backup PG to Goran Dragic. Bam Adebayo is a rookie who had a great summer league, and averaged 13ppg and 8rpg as a one-and-done at Kentucky.
So, what trade does make sense? If I was Pat Riley, I would offer something along the lines of Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington and Luke Babbitt for Kyrie Irving. Despite the doubts that Cleveland would agree to such a trade, ESPN.com‘s Trade Machine says the trade is possible.
This trade would allow the Heat to keep its young talent, and more importantly Hassan Whiteside.
Whiteside is off the table, but If Pat Riley has to trade away Winslow, Johnson, or Adebayo, I would imagine he thinks twice about it.
Is Kyrie Irving worth it?
Comment your thoughts!