Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers reportedly aren’t on speaking terms right now, according to the Athletic.
That sentiment was echoed by ESPN Thursday morning.
“Kyrie’s standing there looking straight at him,” ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh said Thursday in reference to a video where James is seen in a game poking Irving on the bench.”He’s that teenager that doesn’t want to hear it from his dad and LeBron James is not happy about it, but that was telling to me, of course we’ve seen that from Mario Chalmers and Dwayne Wade in Miami.
Beyond next season is not known, though it is widely believed James will head west in 2018. Irving has recently requested to be traded and would reportedly prefer the Spurs.
James is one of only three NBA players with a no-trade clause, including Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki. Anthony is rumored to be on the market, but would have to waive his no-trade clause.
Unwilling to do the same is James, who returned to Cleveland after helping the Heat win a pair of championships during a four-year stint in Miami.
James has led the Cavs to three straight NBA Finals since his return, winning the title last year. He will make $33.285 million this year with a player option of $35.6 million for the 2018-19 season.
Anyway, back to the balance thing. If the Tigers offer to pay for $40 million of the roughly $66 million Verlander is owed from now through the end of 2019, they would likely be offered a very nice package of prospects. It’s highly doubtful they’d throw that much cash out there, though.
If Detroit offers to pay only $20 million of the roughly $66 million he’s guaranteed, the prospect return drops a couple notches. And if Detroit offers to pay next to nothing? It would get a paltry return, and basically dumping a franchise China Cheap Jerseys hero to save salary wouldn’t sit well with a long-frustrated fan base. The Tigers can’t Cheap Youth MLB Jerseys allow that to happen.