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Kyrie Irving's trade request has shaken up the Cleveland Cavaliers and Yahoo Sports reports that a three-way deal with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns that lands Irving in The Big Apple would shake up the NBA.
Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports says the trade being discussed has Irving and Tyson Chandler going to the Knicks, the Suns landing Kevin Love and Frank Ntilikina, the 18-year-old French guard who was the Knicks' top pick in the June draft, and the Cavs getting Carmelo Anthony and Eric Bledsoe.
The Cavs and Suns also get picks in the deal, according to Schultz.
Irving teaming with Kristaps Porzingis and Chandler with Knicks? LeBron, Melo and Bledsoe forming a new Big Three in Cleveland? The Celtics road to returning to the Eastern Conference finals would certainly get a lot more interesting.
Meanwhile, veteran NBA writer and SiriusXM Radio host Mitch Lawrence, writing for Forbes, has the Knicks as a "long shot" destination in the Kyrie Derby.
Kyrie Irving wants to play for the Spurs first, then it's Minnesota. The Heat are next and NY is a long shot. ...https://t.co/aowyBJ0aaS— Mitch Lawrence (@Mitch_Lawrence) July 22, 2017
Among the NBA players' Twitter reaction to Kyrie Irving's trade request was some advice from new Celtics forward Marcus Morris and perhaps some shade from teammate Kevin Love.
Morris' advice, well, more like a request:
Just don't go to Golden State 😂😂😂😂...— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) July 21, 2017
And Love, when asked how he's doing, referred to his Cavs teammate Irving telling Sports Illustrated that Cleveland is "in a peculiar place" in an earlier interview this summer.
Hi @KevinLove, how are things— InsideHoops.com NBA (@InsideHoops) July 21, 2017
Life is amazing. No complaints. Things are a little peculiar. But no complaints. Now go kick some rocks 🙌🏼 https://t.co/Tz62YyGeYt— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) July 21, 2017