For the first time in recent memory, the Cleveland Cavaliers will not be sending Kyrie Irving to another team. This is a perfect opportunity for them to trade him and finally fix their woes on the court.
Despite their current success, the Brooklyn Nets have struggled at points this season without Kyrie Irving’s presence. There is no question that they would be a superior team if Kyrie Irving were to return or be traded for another quality player.
With that in mind, acquiring forward Brandon Ingram from the New Orleans Pelicans and sending Kyrie Irving their way may be a chance for the Nets to improve. A suggested structure for a trade package is as follows:
Brandon Ingram has been acquired by the Brooklyn Nets.
Kyrie Irving and Cam Thomas have been acquired by the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Nets are getting an unstoppable Big Three.
Brandon Ingram is a well-known offensive lineman. On the New Orleans Pelicans, he is one of their top players. Ingram is presently averaging 23.6 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, and 4.7 assists per game. He’d provide the Brooklyn Nets with the extra scoring they need behind Kevin Durant.
Brandon Ingram has been likened to Kevin Durant several times during his career owing to his shot-creation abilities and physical features such as length and frame. Both are strikers who can generate their own shot and, despite their stature, handle the ball proficiently.
Brandon Ingram would relieve the burden on James Harden to score throughout the regular season, since he is the de facto point guard for the Brooklyn Nets. He’d also continue to be the team’s primary ballhandler, creating easy chances for Ingram and Durant with his playmaking.
If the Brooklyn Nets can get Brandon Ingram in exchange for Kyrie Irving and Cam Thomas, they would have an unbeatable big three and will have accomplished their immediate aim of upgrading in order to contend for a title.
The Pelicans Will Regroup And Tank Next Season
To begin, we must state that this can only happen if Kyrie Irving agrees to sign a long-term contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. The New Orleans Pelicans have no rational reason to trade an All-Star who is under contract for a player who may depart free agency.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now 3-14, and although they may reach the play-in tournament, tanking and hoping for a lottery selection in the 2017 draft is a viable possibility. Paolo Banchero or Chet Holmgren are two names that come to mind. Adding any of those players to a nucleus that already includes Kyrie Irving and Zion Williamson seems to be a sound strategy.
The Brooklyn Nets might wait for Kyrie Irving to return as he serves his suspension until next season. This scenario would also allow Zion Williamson time to recover from his foot ailment and be ready to participate next season.
Cam Thomas would be added to this deal as another young player who might contribute scoring off the bench. While he didn’t play a big part for the Brooklyn Nets, he might prosper with a bigger role with the Pelicans.
It remains to be seen whether or not this deal occurs, but it seems that this situation might benefit both clubs. Most people believe Kyrie Irving is superior than Brandon Ingram, and a Kyrie Irving-Kyle Williamson combination could wreck havoc on the Western Conference. In the meanwhile, the Nets would receive a guy who is still excellent and would be available for the championship drive this season.