Kyrie Irving may very well want to head back up north, but the fact remains his trade destination is out of his hands. He holds the card of deciding whether or not to re-sign with a team when his contract runs its course in 2019 (or 2020 depending on his option), but the Cavaliers can be very thorough throughout Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China this trade process.
The Knicks don’t have much to offer, and unless they get a third team into the mix, it’s unlikely Irving ends up in New York. For that reason, the Knicks have a 15 percent chance at landing Irving this summer — the same amount as Carmelo Anthony’s trade kicker.
Irving could eventually join the Knicks when his free agency rears around in 2019. But until then, his fate is out of his hands. And when you request a trade with no spades in your hand, you’re almost certain to get cut.
The timing is just off all around. The trade isn’t going to happen this offseason, not when the Grizzlies have to shape out their roster and play games before they can begin to evaluate their direction.
But that also means Gasol, who is 32 years old, will only get older. The Celtics, who are set up to compete right now and into the future, can stand pat and not skip a beat. They may not be as competitive as they’d like against Cleveland, but LeBron James can’t play basketball forever (we think).
Plus, once the Celtics get by the Cavaliers, as Mannix points out, their next step is competing against the Warriors. Gasol isn’t going to help them do that at this age with his lack of mobility.
The next steps for Boston will come organically. They’ll compete for Cheap Jerseys Bike titles because of the talent they draft and their smart moves in free agency. As more time passes, it makes less and less sense to make a trade for Gasol.