All good things must come to and end. However, better days may be ahead for both Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers’ front office has been in shambles since the firing of GM David Griffin. That, coupled with the uncertainty of LeBron James committing to stay longterm, has had the entire organization uneasy. Just when it seemed things couldn’t get worse – guess again.
On Friday, ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst dropped a bombshell as he reported “Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers.” The report suggested that Irving is seeking a situation including him as the lead guy.
Albeit an unexpected an unfortunate turn of events, this can possibly work out for both parties.
Best Landing Spot For Kyrie
Also included in the report was a “wish list” of landing spots expressed by Irving. The teams mentioned by the All-Star include the Knicks, Heat, Spurs and Timberwolves. However, there is a dark horse team that should be considered – Milwaukee Bucks.
How interesting would a lineup of Kyrie, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Jabari Parker be? Not to mention, an emerging defensive big man in Thon Maker manning the paint.
Youth, athleticism and an often-overlooked Jason Kidd are more than enough to make the Bucks one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Goodbye Kyrie, Hello…Westbrook?
Losing Kyrie would definitely be a blow to the Cavaliers. Popular opinion says that would all but guarantee LeBron’s departure as a free agent following the 2017-18 season. What if – follow me here – Cleveland can replace Irving with the reigning league-MVP?
Would that be enough to coax the perennial Finals-participant to keep his talents in Ohio? Perhaps.
The impending free agency class of 2018 will include a bevy of high-profile players, namely, Russell Westbrook. Is it possible that the superstar can make a move to the Eastern Conference? Why would Westbrook want to leave Oklahoma City anyway?
This is the clear-cut win-win scenario I envision for both LeBron and Westbrook. Westbrook is granted an easier path to the Finals and a possible matchup with former-teammate, Kevin Durant. LeBron is awarded the luxury of sharing the load with a star who proved he can carry a team on his back.