Kyrie Irving trade machine: 5 deals that make sense

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 11: Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie wants out of Cleveland? To the Trade Machine we go …

Kyrie Irving set the NBA universe on fire Friday when ESPN reported that he had requested a trade out of Cleveland. While most would relish the opportunity to play alongside a once in a generation talent like LeBron James, Irving reportedly wants a bigger role.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are under no obligation to trade Irving given that he’s under contract for the next three years. Players requesting a trade or having issues with their role or management is a common occurrence in the NBA. Things can always be worked out.

But it’s no fun to think that things will work out.

It’s far more exciting to believe that Cleveland will trade the 2011 number one overall pick and the guy who hit the biggest shot in Cavaliers history. Irving is a dynamic scorer who provides instant offense for any team lucky enough to obtain his services. If he’s serious about his threat to leave Cleveland, there will be no shortage of suitors lining up to pursue the point guard.

Here are five teams that make sense for Kyrie Irving, and how the deals work using the ever popular ESPN NBA Trade Machine.