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Report: Kyrie Irving now prefers a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers

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In one of the most active offseasons in recent years in the NBA, Kyrie Irving's trade request from the Cleveland Cavaliers is certainly the biggest talking point this summer. 

The league has rarely seen a period where so many star players have switched teams with Chris Paul, Paul George, Jimmy Butler and Gordon Hayward joining the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics respectively. 

But Kyrie's bombshell to the Cavs has certainly dominated headlines more than anything else as he's reportedly unwilling to continue playing with LeBron James. 

The 25-year-old is believed to have initially informed the Cavaliers of his wish to be traded to one of four teams; the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Minnesota. 

It now appears, however, that he has a new preferred destination and team; the Los Angeles Clippers. 

This is according to Peter Vecsey of Patreon.com who claims that the superstar point guard has the Clippers high on his list of potential landing spots. 

"He loves L.A. and he's been working out there a lot this summer," said Vecsey. "Do they have the assets to get him? I don't see how. But they also have Jerry West and he's been able to figure out before … the Lakers didn't have the assets to get Shaq and he wheeled and dealed and figured out and they got him … he was able to get Kobe for Divac in the draft."

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Clippers owner Steve Ballmer recently stripped head coach Doc Rivers of his front office duties in order for him to concentrate solely on matters on the floor. 

That decision will see West have more of an input on matters from an executive point of view and if anybody can pull off an Irving trade, it's the logo.

The Clippers have already made one big offseason move which saw them ship Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets and that opens up an interesting opportunity for Kyrie. 

Despite acquiring Patrick Beverley in the trade from Houston and bringing Milos Teodosic over from Europe, the Clippers should still pursue a move for one of the league's best point guards. 

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The four-time All-Star could fit in well with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and will enjoy having ball handling responsibilities at Staples Center.

But it's unclear what the Cavs are planning to do with Irving as he still has two years remaining on his current contract. 

If he's keen on a move to the Clippers, though, it's an opportunity the Los Angeles-based franchise must try and take advantage of. 

Topics:
Blake Griffin
LA Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Kyrie Irving
LeBron James

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