We're in the midst of the dog days of summer and in the basketball world, nothing much is going on. Every major free agent has been signed and most of the blockbuster trades have already gone down.
Jimmy Butler is on the Timberwolves, Chris Paul is on the Rockets, Paul George is on the Thunder, and Timofey Mozgov is ready to lead Brooklyn to the mountaintop. All major news is seemingly done until October... which is why Kyrie Irving's recent demands to be traded out of Cleveland are so wonderful. He has given us something spectacular in the middle of a whole lot of nothing.
A perennial All-Star demanding a trade in late July is story enough, but the implications of Kyrie Irving leaving Cleveland have some NBA fans salivating. Kyrie is a genuine superstar in the National Basketball Association and players of his caliber don't become available often. It will take a king's ransom to pry him away from the Cavaliers, but he could potentially reshape the culture of any club lucky enough to land him.
Kyrie Irving obviously isn't the first NBA superstar to demand a trade or leave the team that drafted them. Some of the greatest, most iconic stars in the history of the sport have switched teams overnight, to varying degrees of success.