Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Kyrie Irving prefers Clippers, Blake Griffin pairing

Kyrie Irving prefers Clippers, Blake Griffin pairing

He has two seasons left on his contract, and the Cavaliers will want to get something in return for Irving.

Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported on July 28 the Clippers made an attempt to acquire Irving from the Cavs, though he doesn't specify what-if any-pieces were discussed going to Cleveland.

"I'm told [Kyrie] wants to play for the Clippers". During a guest appearance on on the HoopsHype podcast, Vecsey stated that the Clippers hiring of Jerry West makes the Clippers a prime candidate for the disgruntled Irving.

"He loves L.A. He's been working out a lot there this summer".

Despite the opposite happening to Irving with the Cavaliers, it appears as though he's done being the sidekick.

This would, however, end any chance the Clippers might have at LeBron James next summer if he was on their short list of superstars to go grab in free agency. Irving apparently has planned ahead, as well, as he reportedly has a list of four teams he'd prefer to be traded to: the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat.

For the past month, Irving was the subject of trade rumors. The Clippers are an interesting choice but it's being said this team has very little in the way of assets to offer in exchange for Irving.

Previous reports say Irving was upset when the Cavaliers dangled his name in trade talks for Jimmy Butler and Paul George earlier this offseason, but it seemed his dissatisfaction with the team might have started further back during their playoff run.

He saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year-in between the first round when they beat in and the second round when they played Toronto-go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice.

As a guest on The BBall Breakdown Podcast on Tuesday, ESPN's Dave McMenamin stated that he talked to former Cavs guard James Jones, who is now the Phoenix Suns' Vice President of Basketball Operations, and Champ opened up about what happened-or didn't happen-during the postseason just a few short months ago.

"I'm not sure. Phoenix, of course, hired [former Cavalier] James Jones this offseason".

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