In an already shocking offseason, perhaps nothing was more shocking than the bomb dropped Friday afternoon when it was revealed that Kyrie Irving had requested a trade from Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Irving wants to “be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James.”
Suffice it to say, a clear cut trade request and unfettered access to the NBA Trade Machine is a dangerous thing for a thirsty NBA fan base.
And nobody seems to be thirstier than Pistons fans who are fed up with big man Andre Drummond and point guard Reggie Jackson, and just want to see something, anything changed.
And the truth is, yes, the Pistons have the ability to trade for Kyrie. I’ve gotten the following screencap about 50 times within the first 30 minutes of the story breaking.
The trade machines says it a go.. @cavs @DetroitPistons pic.twitter.com/B5aFYZJ9Kx— Michael Dubicki (@dubicki09) July 21, 2017
Then there are the truly greedy MF-ers who send trades of Kyrie Irving for Reggie Jackson straight up.
All I hear from Detroit fans since about two months into last season is that Jackson and Drummond are straight trash. How all the sudden they are the missing links to bring back Kyrie Irving?
STOP THE MADNESS.
It’s not happening, people. Detroit wouldn’t be the only team interested and it sure as hell isn’t the team with the most intriguing assets.
The truth is, every team could easily trade for Kyrie. He doesn’t make that much money (only $18 million) and Cleveland is loaded with the kind of mid-tier deals that allow you to build just about any trade you want.
My timeline is littered with Sixers, Suns, Spurs and Knicks fans throwing out any and all iterations of an Irving trade.
If your trade doesn’t pass this test then it’s useless.
- Does the trade mean the Cavs are still the favorites to return to the NBA Finals?
If yes, congratulations. If no, you fail.
It’s that simple.
In no world does Reggie Jackson and God knows how many hypothetical first-round picks help the Cavs return to the Finals.
And unless the Cavs have soured on Tristan Thompson and also believe the one thing they truly need is an elite rebounder to finish off the Warriors then what would they really want with Drummond?
It’s not going to happen.
Put. Down. The. Trade. Machine.