LeBron James refutes report he'd be 'tempted to beat Kyrie Irving's a**'

Stephen A Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, Kyrie Irving shook up the National Basketball Association last week with news that he had requested a trade.

Reports out of Cleveland have Irving nearly certainly to be dealt after Irving told the organization he wanted out from LeBron James' shadow. Irving and Rose are both players that need the ball in their hands to be effective though NBA fans just saw in this year's finals that efficient ball movement and making the extra pass will trump isolation basketball nearly every time.

One of those teams that has been rumored to have serious interest in Irving is the Sacramento Kings.

He missed the entire 2012-13 season and played less than a month into the 2013-14 campaign before a season-ending right knee injury. Acquiring Irving would help make them a playoff team for the next two seasons, but they would have no chance of defeating the Golden State Warriors.

The question is which stars are available, knowing the Cavs are in win-now mode and Irving is a very attractive trade piece.

The Cavaliers got Rose at a relatively good price of 2.1 million, which is basically the minimum for #NBA veterans.

Anthony Davis is out of the question, and I doubt the Cavs would be interested in Solomon Hill, E'Twaun Moore, Alexis Ajinca, Quincy Pondexter or Omer Asik, so that leaves us with only one person: DeMarcus Cousins. Both are good enough to be worthy of such a trade, have been involved in rumors and NY is in transition mode as a franchise.

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A few days have lessened, slightly, the overwhelming disgust from the All-Star point guard's shocking and ill-advised request to be traded by the Cavaliers, but before we delve into that, let's quickly address a few other things.

No one truly represents a ideal option, which leaves Cleveland in an interesting spot. "Tilt his game a little bit more toward passing - an evolution that might happen naturally with (Nikola) Jokic and Paul Millsap flinging the ball around - and maybe he becomes one of the league's half-dozen or so best offensive players", Lowe wrote in a report published Monday.

Clearly the Lakers want to use their cap space to land superstars, but Randle's going to get a massive offer sheet unless the Lakers work out a deal outright.

There is also the longterm uncertainty with James they need to consider.

Disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has already made his preferred trade destinations known.

Billups said concerns about James potentially leaving during next year's free agency were not a factor in his decision, but it seemed clear the Irving discontent did.

The Celtics do have a wealth of assets to trade.

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