The NBA world was stunned Friday as Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard, Kyrie Irving requested a trade from a team that has appeared in the previous three NBA Finals.
In my opinion, he’s lost his mind and the Cavs would further prove their front office’s incompetence (it’s late July and the team still doesn’t have a General manager), but since the summer boredom and heat has people making irrational decisions, let’s talk about our Atlanta Hawks pulling the heist of the century.
Irving would be everything the Hawks are missing. The Hawks have lacked ‘box office’ attractions for the better part of the last decade and arguably since Dominique Wilkins was traded during the 1993-94 season.
Silky slick handles, a fall away shooting stroke, and the knack to hit big shots would make the Hawks “must see TV” nightly throughout the NBA season. The win total wouldn’t be dramatically different, but let’s be honest, they’re not trying to win now and Lebron James is still in the Eastern Conference.
At least with a stud like Irving, other free agents would consider the Atlanta franchise as a destination. He’d be basketball’s version of Michael Vick in the early to late 2000s. Irving could become so much more if he was to somehow find his way to Atlanta.
If he added 3 inches in height he’d be Kobe Bryant rather than the part time point guard he is now. For Irving to want to leave Cleveland, it smells like he wants his own show, he wants to fully unleash his assassin ways and what other situation is tailor made for that to happen. If winning is a priority leaving Cleveland seems to be like the last thing he should be doing. Going to the Spurs is an option, but acquiring Irving for the Spurs doesn’t push them past the Golden State Warriors as he wouldn’t fit ‘Spurs ball’. Why not Atlanta?
To pull this unlikely trade, the Hawks would have to deal their more proven players and some of the guys they think could be their core.
Here are three packages I’d expect that the Cavaliers would accept to acquire Irving.
First Trade Scenario:
Hawks Get: Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert.
Cavs Get: Dennis Schroder, Taurean Princce, John Collins, 2019 first round pick, second round pick 2019 and 2020.
Second Trade Scenario:
Hawks Get: Kyrie Irving
Cavs Get: Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, John Collins, 2018 first round pick, 2019 first round pick.
Third Trade Scenario:
Hawks Get: Kyrie Irving, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert.
Cavs Get: Dennis Schroder, Taurean Prince, Kent Bazemore, Houston first round pick, 2019 Cavs first round pick, 2019 second round pick.
At this point in the NBA off-season, many teams have strapped their trade assets and cap resources going in different directions, even so, I doubt Irving moves anywhere this summer, especially to the Hawks. It’s fun to hope, right?