5. Los Angeles Clippers
One team that could be in the running to land Kyrie Irving this offseason is the Los Angeles Clippers.
Although the Clippers might have the longest shot out of the five teams on this list, there are multiple factors that could be very appealing to Irving when he is in the process of deciding where he wants to take his talents for the 2019-20 NBA season.
The first factor that could be appealing for Irving is the fact that Los Angeles is a massive market. The second factor is the Clippers have the potential to go out and sign a total of two star players this offseason, which could be enough for Irving to consider moving to L.A.
If the six-time NBA All-Star has his eyes on Los Angeles but doesn’t necessarily want to join the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers offer a lot of potential and would also allow Irving to try and overshadow his former teammate LeBron James on the other side of town.
Los Angeles being interested in Irving isn’t news around the league. Prior to the Clippers trading Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers at the NBA Trade Deadline, Los Angeles reportedly called Boston to inquire about trading for the point guard, per The Athletic‘s Shams Charania.
That request or inquiry was quickly turned down by the Celtics, but the Clippers have long had their eyes on Irving. With him set to join a talented pool of players during the upcoming free agency period, they could try to once again get him to look at Los Angeles as a potential landing spot.
L.A. might be a long shot to land Irving this offseason, but the thought of being in a large market as well as potentially teaming up with another top-tier star player could be enough for the Clippers to at least get some consideration from Irving’s camp.