Early Odds Adjustments Suggest Irving Remains In Cleveland, Rumors Say Otherwise

Jay Pryce

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1:52 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 26, 2017 1:52 PM UTC

Early money in the Kyrie Irving trade market points to the All-Star beginning the season in Cleveland. News in the last 24 hours suggest otherwise. Take a look at the latest odds, line movement, and news surrounding Irving's destination here.


The top betting news in the NBA continues to be the market surrounding Kyrie Irving’s trade request away from LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bettors are seeing slight adjustments to the odds for which team the point guard will be traded to as the situation unfolds. Expect greater movement in coming days.

On Monday, SBR listed BetDSI’s opening odds of the four teams Irving reportedly wishes to be dealt to, including the Knicks (+400), Spurs (+450), Heat (+550), and Timberwolves (+600). The book initially offered any other NBA team at +200 odds, while dangling +800 Irving would suit up a Cavalier when the season begins.

The biggest movement on the oddsboard is Irving remaining in Cleveland, slipping to +600 odds from +800. Irving has two years remaining on his contract without a no-trade clause. The All-Star point guard holds little leverage in the situation. With the Eastern Conference strengthening, James and the Cavs roster aging, Cleveland must win now. Keeping a disgruntled Irving on the team seems logical from this standpoint, plus the team would likely get minimal return in a deal.

The bet oozed value at 8-to-1 odds when first offered, but the prospect of Irving remaining in Cleveland is growing dimmer by the hour. On Tuesday, Irving officially unfollowed James on Instagram, suggesting the relationship is beyond repair and a trade imminent. Reports also suggest The King is “eager” to say goodbye. Former MVP Derrick Rose also signed a one-year, minimum salary deal with Cleveland on Monday, making it the team’s second point guard (Jose Calderon) signing this offseason. Irving’s departure appears a sure thing.

In the last 48 hours, the only team of Irving’s request to see money moving in favor of a deal is the Timberwolves, adjusting from +650 to +600 odds. The Knicks are holding firm at +400, the Spurs moved to +500, while the Heat’s chances rose the highest to +675. Movement via the T’Wolves is in part to Jimmy Butler and Karl Anthony-Towns reportedly lobbying for a deal, with emerging star Andrew Wiggins going the other way. Some in Minnesota suggest Wiggins is staying put, and Jeff Teague just came over in free agency to run the point. Any move seems far off and complicated.

The Suns are the strongest “other” team to emerge as a destination for Irving with Eric Bledsoe, who shares an agent with James, going to Cleveland. This scenario is looking less likely in the last 24 hours with the Suns reportedly informing rookie Josh Jackson he would not be a part of the deal. Moreover, point guard Brandon Knight would have likely been piece in the move, but it was revealed on Tuesday he sustained a torn ACL in a pro-am game this summer and will be sidelined for all of the 2017-18 season.

Overall, Irving’s destination is perhaps murkier than when the trade market opened days ago. One picture is starting to emerge: he will not be in Cleveland next year, at least not all of it. Now is a good time to place a wager if betting against a James-Irving reunion anytime soon, but you have to believe the team will get a deal done before the regular season tips off to cash.

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