Jeff Schudel's Cleveland Beat: The Kyrie Irving mess

Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving mock LeBron James on Instagram (Video)

If the Cleveland Cavaliers receive a trade offer they deem credible for Kyrie Irving, the National Basketball Association all-star could be playing somewhere else next season.

Any trade will likely center around the inclusion of both slashing point guard Goran Dragic and defensive-minded small forward Justise Winslow, and we'll assume the Cavs will demand them both.

A third team would have to be recruited but good luck getting a team that wants to help LeBron this season and get Irving to the Knicks.

So when Pippen decides to talk up regarding the LeBron James and Kyrie Irving situation, it makes sense to listen.

Irving, 25, has three years remaining on a contract that pays $18.9 million this coming season, but he has the ability to become a free agent in the 2019 offseason.

News of Irving's trade request first becomes public.

The Cavs are still dealing from a position of strength since Irving is under contract for two more years. Six teams have submitted offers thus far.

Trading away the core doesn't seem imminent (players signed this offseason can not be traded until December anyway) but the Heat will surely keep tabs on any star looking for a change of scenery, which is why they'll nearly certainly explore a deal for Irving. Irving hit a memorable shot in Game 7 that will be remembered in Cleveland forever. Having said that, would you like to see the Pistons make a deal like this? More information and reports are sure to come over the next several days/weeks, but for now, all signs point to Irving being on his way out the door.

Dealing with that drama isn't what the Cavs really wanted or expected.

Kyrie Irving could land with a new National Basketball Association team before training camp.

Only a handful of teams can (and/or are willing) to offer that type of package for Irving. "Finding that balance is one of the toughest things to do because you have so much belief and confidence in yourself".

While some are wondering if striking out on his own is the right thing for Irving to do, Pippen has expressed his support of the four-time All-Star. When Irving is out and he's the second scoring option after James, Love tends to thrive.The 6-foot-10 Love averaged 19 points and 11.1 rebounds in the regular season.

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