The Pacers were also reportedly set to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Gilbert. Both teams ended up trading their stars out West, and Cleveland’s activity this summer has been on life support ever since.
The Cavaliers re-signed Kyle Korver, then added Jeff Green and Jose Calderon via free agency. They also signed Turkish forward Cedi Osman, their 2015 second-round pick, to a three-year deal. None of those players are expected to close the gap between Cleveland and a loaded Golden State team coming off the best playoff run in NBA history.
Joe Johnson once had a similar situation in Phoenix. Johnson was sharing touches with Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion back in 2004 for a successful Suns team, but he knew he was capable of more. Johnson ended in Atlanta where he went on to be named to seven All-Star teams and make over $200 million in career earnings.
Irving feels like he’s capable of more than the 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per Cheap Jerseys Outlets game he averaged this season. Going to a new team without James would mean Cheap Jerseys Shop the ball is in his hands more and would give him the opportunity to put up bigger numbers.
Remember: Irving never really signed up to be James’ sidekick in the first place. He reportedly wasn’t thrilled with being in Cleveland during his early years in the league. When he did agree to an extension, he thought he would the face of the franchise. Then LeBron James entered the picture.
James and Irving accomplished some great things together, including winning one of the most historic NBA Finals ever in 2016. Now Irving is ready to end the relationship. Maybe he never wanted it to start in the first place.