NY can't just ship him out of town before Anthony's approval - and all signs point to the Rockets still being the favorite for him as far as preference, although Cleveland is also on his short list of preferred teams. The 25-year-old Irving, a New Jersey native who went to Duke and was selected by the Cavaliers with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, previously told Sports Illustrated the team was a in a "peculiar place".
We'll see in the next few days whether or not a serious contender emerges, but if you're a fan of one of those teams it's going to be hard not to get excited.
And now that he's finally established himself playing alongside LeBron James, Irving wants out. This report comes on the heels of rumors of James' discontent, and the possibility he would leave Cleveland after next season.
Irving badly wants to be able to run his own team and be the number one option no matter what.
In New York, the potential to ship Carmelo Anthony away to Cleveland in exchange for Irving and assets could change the fate of a franchise that desperately needs a makeover. No replacement has been named for general manager David Griffin, who departed when the two sides failed to reach a contract extension. It makes sense. A trio of Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony makes a lot more sense than James, Anthony and Kevin Love.
Irving is owed $60 million over the next three years, but he can opt-out of the deal prior to the 2019-20 season. But the Cavs might bite because of the bulk of deal would be given to them, while the Clippers land their next star point guard.
"They believe that LeBron James got word of it, and was put off by it, and leaked it".