NBA Trade Rumors: Chris Paul for Kyrie Irving deal works, insists Stephen A. Smith

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Known for his controversial opinions in sports and in the NBA, analyst Stephen A. Smith said that there is still a possibility that the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers swap point guards before the trade deadline on Thursday.

In his recent show on ESPN, Smith insisted that Cleveland is the perfect destination for Chris Paul and that the Cavaliers should trade star point guard Kyrie Irving to Los Angeles because of the relationship between Paul and Cavs star LeBron James.

“CP3 loves L.A. He ain’t trying to leave. But you do have folks talking about the possibility that it might be good for the Cavaliers to trade Kyrie Irving to L.A. and get Chris Paul to Cleveland because Chris Paul and LeBron are tight,” Smith said fueling the latest NBA trade rumors.

“You know? He’s the godfather to one of LeBron James’ children. They’re very, very close and we all know that CP3 would be the point guard that LeBron would love to have.”

Smith went on to state that Clippers head coach Doc Rivers might not want the Kyrie Irving-Chris Paul trade.

Smith also suggested that trading Blake Griffin might “change the fortunes” for the Clippers but the trade rumors could also “light a fire” under Griffin and motivate him to play better when he returns from his injury. Griffin has been involved in a lot of NBA trade rumors this season because of his controversial incident with a team staff.

The Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference with 38 wins against 14 losses thru the NBA All-Star break. The Clippers are in fourth place in the Western Conference with 35 wins against 18 losses.

In 26 games this season, Irving averages 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists. Meanwhile in 48 games this season, Paul averages 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 9.4 assists.

Should the Clippers and Cavaliers swap Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul as their starting point guards?

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