Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic relayed comments made by Wall on Friday, with the point guard indicating that if the roles were reversed, his inclination would be to stay with his team. Who in their right mind wants to bolt a team that remains a huge favorite to make a fourth straight Finals appearance? And it's unknown whether a move to Detroit would interest Irving, though he doesn't have a no-trade clause in his contract to block a swap. But Wall is the unquestioned leader of the Wizards, a title Irving would never hold in Cleveland as long as some fellow named LeBron is around.
It is not clear if that will be enough to entice the Cavaliers into trading Kyrie Irving. The Cavs should not create any deadlines this summer/fall because they control Irving's rights for the next two seasons before a player option. And the 7-footer Dragan Bender had a very disappointing rookie season, meaning the Cavaliers would have a project on their hands at best - especially hard for a team that purposely got smaller in sending off Timofey Mozgov. He doesn't have the pass-first mentality that Wall has because he's constantly looking to score.
When Irving signed his deal, he expected to be the franchise player for the foreseeable future. The sudden change of situation rocked Irving, and he has vacillated at times over the past three years about working as a secondary star to James and the original plan of having his own team. Last season, he played for the Sacramento Kings but was waived after they took De'Aaron Fox, Justin Jackson and Harry Giles from the 2017 Draft. "Finding that balance is one of the toughest things to do because you have so much belief and confidence in yourself".
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With this in mind, Irving considered requesting a trade after the Cavs' championship last season but decided against it, sources said.
In five games at this year's Las Vegas Summer League, Bender averaged 14.2 points, 6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.4 minutes of action.