Multiple NBA teams interested in Kyrie Irving despite having nothing of value to trade

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has formally requested a trade, and there are a number of NBA teams that are interested in attaining his services.

There is just one problem.

The more interested the suitor, the less assets they have to trade.

It was big news when word came out that Irving was tired of playing in the shadow of LeBron James, and that he was formally requesting a trade.

Trade scenarios were the subject of talk radio, and sports themed television everywhere. However, no move has been made, and we are starting to see why Irving still remains on the Cavaliers roster.

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One of the leading contenders in the Irving sweepstakes has been the San Antonio Spurs. The Daly Dose was able to contact a spokesperson for the Spurs, and here is a portion of that conversation:

Daly Dose: “So, rumor has it that you are interested in possibly trading for Kyrie Irving.”

San Antonio Spurs: “We are definitely interested. Kyrie is a game changer, and a very explosive player.”

DD: “So what would you be willing to trade to get him to come to San Antonio.”

SAS: “What do you mean?”

DD: “Which players would you be willing to trade to get Kyrie?”

SAS: “Well, we don’t really have much to trade.  I suppose we could let them have Patty Mills. Or maybe some of Manu Ginobili’s old hair. “

DD: “So, how do you expect to get Kyrie Irving?”

SAS: “Well I don’t want to go into all of the details, but we are very interested in having Kyrie come play for us.”

DD: “Yes, I understand that, but I think they may want LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green.”

SAS: “Well, too bad for them. They will have to accept less.”

San Antonio was not the only team that seemed to have these sentiments.

The New York Knicks are offering a partially smoked marijuana cigarette left behind in Phil Jackson’s desk, and what’s left of Joakim Noah. The Minnesota Timberwolves are dangling Ricky Rubio… despite the fact that he is no longer on their roster. The Denver Nuggets would give the Cavs point guard Emmanuel Mudiay , and an old Dan Issel jersey.

New Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman spoke to the trade offers he has been receiving.

“Look, we realize that Kyrie would like to be moved, but the offers that we have been receiving just do not make any sense for us.” Altman stated. “In fact, some of them have been flat out ridiculous. This one that we just received from the Los Angeles Clippers is ludicrous. It just says that Austin Rivers will come wash my car, and do household chores for me. Okay, well actually that one isn’t bad. I’m going to hold on to that.”

 

 

 

 

Daly Dose #136 The annual Daly Dose email show

This week on the Daly Dose, we realize that it may be a dry time of year in sports, so we take the time to answer YOUR emails! Clint responds to the best emails that we have received recently.

Are the Golden State Warriors good for basketball? How will the Houston Rockets use both Chris Paul and James Harden at the same time? Who should get the blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers loss in the NBA Finals?

Plus, we discuss the inconsistencies in comparing sports eras, the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight, and which top NFL rookies from last season could take a step back in their second season!

Listen here to Episode #136 The annual Daly Dose email show!

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Daly Dose #135 The 2017 Daly Dose NBA Awards

This week on the Daly Dose, we take a look back at the 2017 NBA season and hand out some end of the year awards! Who did we vote for as the Rookie of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player? What about Executive of the Year, and the Least Valuable Player of the year? We wrap up the season by celebrating the best of the NBA!

There is a parent in college football that is actually doing a great job, Jordan Spieth did some celebrating at the Travelers Championship, and we are okay with that, and the Oakland Raiders and the Kansas City Chiefs are making some offseason moves.

Plus, we look at the winners and losers of the 2017 NBA Draft, and we count down the Top 5 greatest players selected with the top five selections in NBA Draft history.

Listen here to Episode #135 The 2017 Daly Dose NBA Awards

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Daly Dose #131 The show about nothing

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint is joined by Larry from Centennial for an unscripted show about nothing, recorded in Winter Park, Colorado. With a very dry season coming for the sports world, they discuss some alternative sports to watch until football season rolls around again.

Why the Indy 500 has a very personal value for Clint, Larry has a special interest in college lacrosse, and they try to come up with things that are more interesting than the French Open.

Who are you cheering for in the Stanley Cup Final? Sidney Crosby is a very underrated player, and we begrudgingly have an underrated team in Major League Baseball.

Plus, NFL rule changes, our picks for the NBA Finals, and counting down the Top 5 NBA Finals with the highest television ratings of all time!

Listen here to a very special Episode #131: The show about nothing!

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Daly Dose #123 A March Madness flashback

This week on the Daly Dose, we take a look back at a past season of March Madness! We count down the five types of people that fill out NCAA Tournament brackets, give you a few tips for getting the best results in your brackets, and remember a few surprise NCAA basketball teams.

We flashback to 2015, and look at some NFL moves that were happening at the time. We also discuss NBA teams that are tanking, and what should be done about it, and we count down the Top 5 times that a No. 16 seed nearly beat a No. 1 seed!

Listen here to Episode #123 A March Madness flashback!

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Daly Dose #119 The March Madness bubble watch

This week on the Daly Dose we look forward to March Madness! A few big name programs could be left out of the Big Dance, and we discuss a few lesser known players that are worth your time to watch.

The NFL Combine took place in Indianapolis, and we wonder if it means anything. We play a game of “You Be the NFL GM” to see if you can find the best player from their combine results. NFL free agency is now open, and we look at some of the top players that are available.

The NBA season is now in the home stretch, and we take a look at who might make the playoffs, and why the Kevin Durant injury might actually help the Golden State Warriors.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 current NBA players that never made it to the NCAA Tournament.

Listen here to Episode 119: The March Madness bubble watch!

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NBA Preview: The Northwest Division preview

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(Predicted order of finish)

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

The good news is that even though Kevin Durant decided to take his talents to the Bay area, we still think that the Thunder are going to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.

The bad news is that with KD out of the way, Russell Westbrook may just shoot every single shot for this team for the entire season.

2. Utah Jazz

The Jazz are a very young talented group, that could actually make a push for the playoffs. if they can stay healthy.

Last season, they lost Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, and Alec Burks for a number of games.

Of course they did also allow Kobe Bryant to go for 60 in the final game of the season.

So if they see a bunch of old guys, way past their prime, they may not fare so well.

That’s really bad news if they run into San Antonio or the Clippers.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

Yes they are young, but this group has talent, and could be good for years to come.

Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio, and Zach Levine are a nucleus that could contend in the very near future. And now with the addition of head coach Tom Thibodeau we know this group will learn how to work at an elite level.

And also, that they will constantly be suffering from season long nagging injuries.

4. Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers surprised everyone last year going 44-38, making the playoffs, and actually testing the Warriors in the first round.

And they picked up Festus Ezeli, in the offseason to beef up their frontcourt, which was a weakness at times last year.

So now if things go really well, they just might be able to…well…make the playoffs and maybe test the Warriors in the first round again.

5. Denver Nuggets

It isn’t that we hate what the Nuggets are doing.

They are putting together some good young talent like Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, and Jamal Murray with experienced veterans Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari.

It is just that there isn’t much room in the Western Conference for them to move up.

But if it makes them feel any better, we think they could be like a No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

So there’s that.

Daly Dose #86 The best listener emails

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint answers some of the best listener emails that we have received lately. Did the Denver Broncos spend too much to keep Von Miller? How does Kevin Durant signing with the Golden State Warriors affect the rest of the NBA? Is LeBron James better than Michael Jordan? Plus, how to get through the day at a boring job, dealing with an obnoxious coworkers, and who the Daly Dose will be voting for this November. Check out Episode 86!

Listen here: Episode 86 The best listener emails

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Daly Dose #83 The 2015-2016 NBA Awards

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we look back at the 2015-2016 NBA season and some of our memories from a very interesting year. We pick some winners and losers from the NBA Draft and wonder where some of the top free agents could wind up. Team USA Basketball made some interesting selections for their roster and we have some concerns about how they might do at the Olympics in Rio. Plus there are some season ending NBA Awards, reflections on both Pat Summitt and Buddy Ryan, and we count down the Top 5 NBA Draft steals of all time!

Listen to Episode 83

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2016 NBA Draft team grades

The 2016 NBA Draft has come and gone. And while you dozed off after the first seven picks, we forced ourselves to stay awake so that we could give you our 2016 Draft grades! So try to stay awake this time. There could be a test later.

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Atlanta Hawks

Notable picks: Taurean Prince, F, Baylor; DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph’s; Isaia Cordinier, SG, France

Outlook: The Hawks clearly needed some players that could contribute right away, and it seems they got that in Prince and Bembry. Now if they can just get Al Horford to stay, they assure themselves of another early playoff exit.

Grade: B

 

Boston Celtics

Notable picks: Jaylen Brown, SF, California; Ante Zizic, C, Croatia; Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame; Ben Bentil, PF, Providence

Outlook: The Celtics got some talented perimeter players. Unfortunately, they already have a ton of talented perimeter players. But maybe they are holding out hope they can trade for a frontcourt player like Kevin Love. And if that is their plan, Danny Ainge no longer seems like a genius, does he?

Grade: D

 

Brooklyn Nets

Notable picks: Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan; Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall

Outlook: Brooklyn is pretty bad, so they can pretty much use help everywhere. Yet, they somehow they still managed to botch that.

Grade: D

 

Charlotte Hornets

Notable picks: None. Traded No. 22 pick to Sacramento for G Marco Belinelli

Outlook: The Hornets decided that they didn’t want to risk a pick on an unproven commodity. So they traded the pick to the Kings for a journeyman three-point shooter that doesn’t make very many three point shots.  LeBron may never be able to overtake Michael Jordan as a player but he has already passed him as a GM.

Grade: D

 

Chicago Bulls

Notable picks: Denzel Valentine, SF, Michigan State; Paul Zipser, SF, Germany

Outlook: Chicago got rid of Derrick Rose and his hefty contract and picked up Valentine to run the point. Will the rookie be as good as Rose once was? Probably not, but he might actually wear a uniform and participate in games.

Grade: B

 

Cleveland Cavaliers

Notable picks: Kay Felder, PG, Oakland

Outlook: The Cavs get a backup point guard as insurance just in case Matthew Dellavedova leaves. And Felder should be able to watch and cheer just as good as Delly ever did. Well done, Cavs.

Grade: A-

 

Dallas Mavericks

Notable picks: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue

Outlook: We have no idea what the Mavericks are doing anymore. Hammons has some good size and the Mavs did need a big man. Of course he’s not very athletic, and he doesn’t always play hard. So maybe he fits right in.

Grade: B+

 

Denver Nuggets

Notable picks: Jamal Murray, PG, Kentucky; Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain; Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State

Outlook: Quite frankly, we aren’t sure what is going on in Denver. The Nuggets desperately needed some shooters to go along with PG Emmanuel Muiday and Nikola Jokic, and they actually got some shooters. But we aren’t used to the Nuggets making sense. And honestly, it scares us.

Grade: A

 

Detroit Pistons

Notable picks: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette; Michael Gbinije, SF, Syracuse

Outlook: The Pistons stated that they didn’t have any pressing needs, which allowed them to just take the top player available. We think it’s cute that a team that finished No. 8 in the Eastern Conference didn’t think they didn’t have any pressing needs.

Grade: B-

 

Golden State Warriors

Notable picks: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt; Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV

Outlook: Big surprise here, the Warriors just get better. They pick up Jones who can help their frontcourt should Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights leave via free agency. And McCaw could develop into a solid perimeter defender. It is almost like the league fixed it for them. Right, Ayesha Curry?

Grade: B+

 

Houston Rockets

Notable picks: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville (37); Zhou Qi, PF, China

Outlook: The Rockets love their analytics and they grabbed two players, plus Gary Payton II following that draft, that all should fit their analytic scheme pretty well. How’s that analytic thing working out, by the way? Good? Or no?

Grade: B-

 

Indiana Pacers

Notable picks: Georges Niang, SF, Iowa State

Outlook: Niang could eventually contribute, and the Pacers also dealt for Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, which should boost their offense considerably. And don’t worry about the defense. Nothing to see there, folks. Just keep moving along.

Grade: B

 

Los Angeles Clippers

Notable picks: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina; David Michineau, PG, France; Diamond Stone, C, Maryland

Outlook: With his skills and team-first attitude Brice Johnson seems like a perfect fit for the Clippers, and Diamond Stone is a bit of a head case. Which also makes sense for the Clippers.

Grade: C

 

Los Angeles Lakers

Notable picks: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke; Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia

Outlook: The Lakers got exactly what they needed out of this draft, and both players should be a good fit for what new head coach Luke Walton wants to do. Of course they will still have point guard D’Angelo Russell running the show and showing these guys the ropes. So good luck with that.

Grade: B+

 

Memphis Grizzlies

Notable picks: Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt; Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State

Outlook: A productive draft for Memphis, as they got a young point guard as insurance in case Mike Conley departs. And Davis could eventually be a player too. If he ever recovers from the shame and humiliation of sitting in the draft green room for four hours waiting for his name to be called.

Grade: B

 

Miami Heat

Notable picks: None.

Outlook: The Heat feel they are set for talent and so they didn’t make a single move. Or else they are gearing up to make another run at LeBron James. Either way, if there were any diehard Miami fans they would surely be disappointed.

Grade: C

 

Milwaukee Bucks

Notable picks: Thon Maker, PF, Australia; Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia

Outlook: Milwaukee grabbed the enigmatic Sudanese-Australian big man that is either 19 years old, or possibly as old as 21-23, which makes their draft grade either bad or really bad.

Grade: C-

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Notable picks: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

Outlook: The Wolves decided to go with a new point guard over scorers like Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield. Which tells us that head coach Tom Thibodeau has enough of whiny, complaining point guards that can’t shoot.

Grade: B-

 

New Orleans Pelicans

Notable picks: Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma; Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas

Outlook: The Pelicans surprised us all and actually made some intelligent selections here. Now they just need to draft a massage therapist to rub Anthony Davis back, which has to be sore from carrying this mess.

Grade: A

 

New York Knicks

Notable picks: None

Outlook: The Knicks had no picks this year, but they were able to make a deal to bring the artist formerly known as Derrick Rose to the Big Apple. If they can manage to bring in another free agent like Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah to combine with Rose and Carmelo Anthony, they could be a one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. If it were 2010.

Grade: F

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Notable picks: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga; Daniel Hamilton, SF, Connecticut

Outlook: In addition to Sabonis and Hamilton, the Thunder also shipped out Serge Ibaka and picked up perimeter defender Victor Oladipo. Ibaka had been an excellent defender but had fallen in love with taking bad shots. And I think we all know that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take enough bad shots as it is.

Grade: A

 

Orlando Magic

Notable picks: Steven Zimmerman, C, UNLV

Outlook: Orlando traded guard Victor Oladipo to Oklahoma City and brought big man Serge Ibaka to town. A big man that should be a top defender, but has an inflated ego about his offensive skills? It’s like Dwight Howard is back!

Grade: D

 

Philadelphia 76ers

Notable picks: Ben Simmons, PF, LSU; Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, SF, France; Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey

Outlook: The Sixers finally get a player that should be able to get the ball to past top draft picks Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Joel Embiid. Of course if form holds, Simmons will be injured prior to the start of the season anyway.

Grade: B+

 

Phoenix Suns

Notable picks: Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia; Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington; Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky

Outlook: The Suns grabbed another Kentucky player in the undersized Ulis, giving them five on the current roster. That means if they do ever end up winning anything they will probably have to vacate those wins.

Grade: B

 

Portland Trailblazers

Notable picks: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland

Outlook: Portland bought their way into the draft to grab the 6-foot-9 shooter that isn’t very consistent at shooting. But after the surprise season the Blazers had, I’m not doubting any of their decisions again. Well, except maybe Greg Oden. And Victor Claver. Oh, and Nolan Smith. Maybe Erick Barkley. Jeff Lamp. Of course Sam Bowie. But that’s it.

Grade: C-

 

Sacramento Kings

Notable picks: Georgios Papagiannis, C, Greece; Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse; Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky

Outlook: Kings VP Vlade Divac swore that the hiring of Dave Joerger as head coach would be the end of the foolishness in Sacramento. But after these selections it is clear that the Kings still have some shenanigans going on. It is almost like Divac is trying to trick us. One last flop, if you will.

Grade: D-

 

San Antonio Spurs

Notable picks: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington

Outlook: Of course the Spurs had Murray fall to them at pick No. 29 when he was expected to be a top 15 selection. The athletic point guard could end up taking over for Tony Parker in a few seasons, and teaming up with a 74-year-old Tim Duncan to lead San Antonio to another title.

Grade: A-

 

Toronto Raptors

Notable picks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah; Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico State

Outlook: The Raptors were able to grab Poeltl, to replace Bismack Biyombo, a player that we never even knew existed until about three weeks ago.

Grade: B-

 

Utah Jazz

Notable picks: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State; Marcus Paige, PG, UNC; Tyrone Wallace, PG, California

Outlook: The Jazz just missed the playoffs so they felt like they may not have any real pressing needs coming into this season. But they also allowed 50-year-old Kobe Bryant to score 60 points, on one leg, while wearing Depends under his shorts in his final game. So one of these guys had better be able to defend a little, right?

Grade: C

 

Washington Wizards

Notable picks: No picks.

Outlook: The Wizards have enough problems on that roster without adding any new headaches. Bravo, Wizards. Bravo.

Grade:A+++