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5 Players Cavs Should Consider Trading Kyrie Irving For

5. Brandon Ingram, Los Angeles Lakers

Although his rookie season didn’t shock the world, Ingram is poised for a breakout year in 2017-18.

The No. 2 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft has all the physical tools and skillset to turn into a star down the road. Being paired with LeBron James and Kevin Love this season would only bring the best out of him.

Once again, I’d propose a scenario where the Cavs attempt to acquire Carmelo Anthony along with Ingram.

Perhaps a deal would send Irving to New York, Love to Los Angeles and Melo and Ingram to Cleveland.

The idea behind this is that even if Melo and LeBron both leave (possibly for LA), the Cavs get a cornerstone type player to build around for the future.

The Lakers would probably have to throw in the salary of Luol Deng to make such a trade work and Cleveland could look to add to its depth with other role players – like Larry Nance Jr.

Starting Lineup

PG Derrick Rose

SG Brandon Ingram

SF LeBron James

PF Carmelo Anthony

C Tristan Thompson

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Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio. Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.



  1. George Thayer

    July 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    IF, and to me it’s a big IF, Kyrie really wants to leave because he wants to be the man, then any of these scenarios would be and should be okay with most Cleveland fans. Although I doubt LeBron would much care to work with a young player like Ingram. He wants proven veterans come playoff time.

    I’d suggest, if you haven’t already read the article, to read the article on “Three Reasons Why Kyrie Irving is Right to be Upset”. I’m only mentioning this b/c it seems almost all the talking heads are really pouring it on Kyrie for asking Gilbert to trade him.

  2. Stephen Tran

    July 22, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    The LA Lakers just drafted Lonzo Ball. WE don’t need or want Kyrie Irving. Also, Magic stated that Brandon Ingram is untouchable. Have a nice day Cleveland!

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