Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the NBA are floored right now. With reports that Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cavs has sent fans, media, and players in panic. Where would he go and for whom? Those are the main questions people are asking. It’s also reported that Irving has a list of teams he would like to be traded to that includes the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. While all teams would be greatly improved– it’s one player and team who could become the next dynasty that was left off– the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo
The Bucks have positioned themselves as one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference the last two seasons but injuries have stopped them short of taking the throne.
The Bucks have a player in Antetokounmpo who may be hailed as the next LeBron. Both players have similar skill sets, however, for as great as LeBron is, the Greek Freak has one thing over him– age. If the Bucks were to make a deal with the Cavs for Irving they will need to let go of some young talent. This is where the Bucks have the advantage of the other teams. The Knicks can offer who– Carmelo Anthony and their recently drafted PG Frank Ntilikina? By doing so they will all but certainly take away any chances of Irving making the playoffs anytime soon. The Spurs are an older team and with name players like Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, they don’t have much to offer the Cavs in return.
Then you have the Miami Heat. Who can they offer that can help the Cavs return to their 4th straight NBA Finals? Goran Dragic? I don’t see the Heat giving up Hassan Whiteside or Irving wanting to play for a team without him. The Minnesota Timberwolves could sneak into the fray with a Jeff Teague and Andrew Wiggins deal but that will also deprive Irving of young talent. So why not the Bucks?
But here is one interesting fact regarding this matter. Irving may have a list of teams but he does not have a No Trade Clause. If the Cavs see a better deal on the table from another team other than the ones Irving has listed then the Cavs would be foolish not to take them serious.
The Bucks could offer Jabari Parker and recently crowned ROY, Malcolm Brogdon plush a second round pick for Irving. This is a deal that would benefit both teams. LeBron fell in love with the toughness of Matthew Dellavedova in his time with the Cavs and Brodogn is cut from the same cloth but with a better offensive game.
Irving is top 5 at his position but he does lack the true skills of a PG. Teaming him with Jason Kidd should help improve in that department and think about the possibilities of he and Antetokounmpo on the floor together. If Kidd can teach Irving the art of being a facilitator then his rise could be on the level of John Wall, Stephen Curry or Russell Westbrook. Maybe Irving has a point in wanting to leave Cleveland and get from under LeBron’s shadow.
In order for him to become the player we think he can be he will need to take everything he’s learned while with James and Kevin Love and groom them elsewhere. He needs this and the Bucks need this as well.