A Kyrie Irving trade is said to be imminent as the NBA player reportedly asked the Cleveland Cavaliers bosses to trade him to another team. The point guard allegedly no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James in the Cavs. Fans are now curious how much Irving is earning before he leaves the Cavaliers.
ESPN cited sources saying Irving personally asked Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to trade him because he doesn’t want to play with James anymore. The San Antonio Spurs is among the possible teams that the All-Star point guard would like to join. Other teams include the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Knicks reportedly would consider trading Carmelo Anthony and future first-round picks in exchange for the Cavs star.
Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, refused to confirm or deny whether the Kyrie Irving trade rumor is true. However, he admitted that they had a meeting with the Cavs leadership. Wechsler told ESPN, “The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private.”
As for James, the Cavs’ star player was reportedly disappointed when he was informed about a Kyrie Irving trade request. Irving’s career in the NBA evidently soared high when the Cavs reached the NBA Finals in three straight years. The team made it possible after LeBron James went back to the Cavs in 2014.
Kyrie Irving Net Worth Before Trade
Irving is at the No. 38 spot on Forbes’ list of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes this year. His current net worth is placed by Forbes Magazine at $29.9 million. The biggest part of his earnings comes from the league while about $12 million comes from endorsements.
Irving’s five-year $94 million contract with the Cavs runs through the 2019-20 season. His contract also contains a 15 percent trade bonus. This means he could receive an additional $2.9 million in the remaining two seasons on his contract.
One of the biggest endorsement deals Irving has is with Nike. His signature shoes have been selling really well since it was introduced in December 2014. He also has an equity stake in Skullcandy as part of his deal with the company. Other endorsement deals for Irving are with Pepsi, Panini, Activision Blizzard, and Foot Locker. He recently appeared as “Uncle Drew” in the Pepsi Max series of advertisements.
Kyrie Irving’s NBA Career
The 25-year-old point guard has been with the Cavaliers for six years since the team made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. Irving received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 2011-2012 season and had his first All-Star season in the following year. He was also the All-Star MVP in the 2013-2014 season. Irving also played for the U.S. national basketball team and won gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The four-time All-Star player has averaged 21.6 points and 5.6 assists per game. In the last season of NBA, he averaged a career-high 25.2 points plus 5.8 assists per game while shooting 40.1 percent on 3-pointers. Aside from basketball, Irving also pursued an acting career. He appeared in one episode of Disney’s, Kickin’ It, a Disney XD series.
Irving had three losing seasons with the Cavs until James returned. James, Irving, and Kevin Love have led Cleveland to the past three NBA Finals, the last of which was this year against the Golden State Warriors.