We're approaching the third week in this Kyrie Irving trade saga, the Cavaliers guard wishing to play elsewhere starting in the fall of 2017. Irving has never really had a chance to shine all by himself.
In 2014, they drafted Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick but with LeBron coming back the rebuild around Kyrie plan was done with and they chose to build a championship core around Lebron, and they did that by trading Wiggins for Kevin Love in Minnesota. This is when numerous stars want to move, as has played out with Kevin Durant, Gordon Hayward and Paul George.
After winning the Eastern Conference title in May, Irving described his closeness with James and how staying together can benefit them.
The Kyrie Irving saga is still ongoing, and if recent rumors are to be believed, the Denver Nuggets will not be the team that puts an end to this situation. Irving is a vastly different player. He last played for the Los Angeles Clippers, where he signed last season after winning an National Basketball Association title with the Golden State Warriors in the 2014-15 season. He doesn't have the pass-first mentality that Wall has because he's constantly looking to score. But about two weeks later, James arrived from Miami. It's kind of tough when you're always in the shadow of somebody else. The youngest player in last year's draft, he averaged 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 43 games, playing 13.3 minutes per contest.
Either Irving isn't all about trying to win championships or he overestimates his role in the quest.
Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season.
The 7-1 Bender was disappointing during his first season in the National Basketball Association, playing just 13.3 minutes per game and shooting an abysmal 35.4 percent from the field.