Denver Nuggets: Three trades to bring Kyrie Irving to Denver

Terry Rozier

Jaylen Brown's rookie season didn't go as many had hoped for with the Boston Celtics. I know he had a great year, but you know there are people in Cleveland that will tell you that the Knicks should be considered a real threat for Kyrie Irving. And the time will be right in 2019 when he can opt out and become an unrestricted free agent.

LeBron James next team: Where could the National Basketball Association superstar go next? Throw in a healthy Hayward to a rotation with Kevin Love, who averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds this season while shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range, and you have yourself a solid core that can challenge for 50 wins in the Eastern Conference.

To add fuel to the fire, Irving was absent from the Celtics' sideline for much of the playoffs, including the eastern finals. However, he did miss 22 regular season games, as well as all of the playoffs. Here's a look at how the 2017-18 season went.

It's understandable, with the quote coming just a week after Yahoo Sports' Chris Mannix reported that the Celtics are scared that Irving could bolt for the New York Knicks when he hits free agency next summer (as laughable as that is, Irving has been connected to the Knicks in the past). He will rightfully string the Celtics along. Irving is actually a very tradable asset if he can pass a physical (no promises there).

An Angry Ronaldo Refuses to Renew Contract With Real Madrid
Later, Del Bosque limited himself to saying that "I don't have an opinion on whether he should remain at Real Madrid or not". According to the same story, Juventus are keen on adding Ronaldo to their squad and have good ties with Real Madrid .

In an interview Monday on "Kirk & Callahan", Windhorst said he doesn't think it's likely that James signs with the Celtics. Similarly, if trade talks heat up surrounding Kawhi Leonard, Irving (or Al Horford) might be the type of player the Spurs are seeking. The luxury tax threshold is expected to be $123 million, meaning there's no chance of Boston going out and signing James in free agency without being charged with the harsh penalties associated with this line. That doesn't mean they will part ways immediately or at all.

Getting Irving back will solve most of those problems, and the cracks he can't fill should be Hayward's job. However, do the Cavaliers want to be the team Irving deserts following the season? And to be fair, he does seem to like this team a lot.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Warriors themselves are rumored to be interested in the 33-year-old while a host of other teams are also in the running such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs. I don't see an option for him that is ideal, but I don't see an option that doesn't have a significant compromise for him.

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