Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving prefers to be traded to the San Antonio Spurs, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN. Aside from the Spurs, Irving also mentioned the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves as possible destinations. The Spurs have tradable pieces, including talented point guard Dejounte Murray and veterans LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green, which they can send to the Cavaliers for Irving, who can serve as eventual replacement for the aging Tony Parker.

In the past, the Cavaliers expressed interest in trading for Green and Aldridge, who is reportedly unhappy in San Antonio.

The Spurs dangled Aldridge before June’s Draft Day but there were no takers because San Antonio was asking for at least a top-five pick. Earlier, ESPN reported that Irving asked the Cavaliers to trade him, saying he wants to be the focal point of a team’s offense. Irving made his request last week to team owner Dan Gilbert.

Spurs could trade LaMarcus Aldridge, Danny Green

Signed by the Spurs in 2015, Aldridge averaged 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his first season wearing Silver and Black. The next year, Aldridge's rebounding slipped to 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Spurs expected Aldridge to assert his might in the playoffs after Kawhi Leonard went down with an ankle injury.

However, he was a flop, averaging just 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds as the Spurs lost via an embarrassing sweep to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Green, for his part, averaged 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds last season.

Aldridge’s $21.4 million salary next season and Green’s $10 million contract are enough to cover Irving’s pay for next season.

The Cavaliers will have a chance to get Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks via a straight-up deal. Anthony expressed willingness to waive his no-trade clause if he’s traded to the Houston Rockets or the Cavaliers. The Knicks are looking for a starting point guard who can also mentor No. 8 overall pick Frank Ntilikina.

James will not meddle in Irving’s trade request

According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, James will not interfere in the issue and will let Gilbert deal with Irving’s request. While James was disappointed and blindsided when told of Irving’s demand, he plans on sticking to his offseason workout regimen and report to training camp as he did in the past. He is also determined to lead the Cavaliers to the title next season no matter who his teammates will be.