Kyrie Irving’s trade request, explained

Kyrie Irving reportedly requested that the Cavaliers trade him this summer after six seasons in Cleveland. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that Irving made the request last week. NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports that Irving requested a trade to the Bulls so he could play with Jimmy Butler before the NBA Draft in June. (Butler has since been traded to Minnesota.)

ESPN is reporting that Irving no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, the four-time MVP and arguably one of the three best players in NBA history. Windhorst indicates that Irving is looking for an opportunity to be a focal point for an offense.

LeBron is only under contract through the end of the 2017-18 season, but has previously indicated he plans to finish his career in Cleveland. Irving is under contract through the 2018-19 season.

Aside from Teague, who will have to be hidden defensively, the Timberwolves could have four players who could ostensibly defend positions two to four. Adding Millsap is critical to making that defensive possibility a reality.

Millsap has the ability to guard every front court position. He’s active with his hands and is agile for a player his age. Putting the veteran four at Thibodeau’s disposal could create one of the best defensive teams in the Western Conference.

Between Teague and Butler, Minnesota has two primary ball-handlers and play initiators. In Millsap, they could get a third.

Millsap was a playmaker in Atlanta, with the ability to run the pick-and-roll and, at Cheap Jerseys Borntrade times, create a double team to open opportunities for his teammates. Between Towns, Wiggins, Butler, Teague and potentially Millsap, Minnesota could have five starters each capable of getting their Cheap Jerseys And Jordans own shot.

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