When news broke Friday that Kyrie Irving wanted to be traded away from the Cavaliers so he wouldn’t be under LeBron James’s shadow, it took the sports world by storm.
Now that some of the hot fuzz has died down, fellow Cavalier Richard Jefferson said he understands why Irving wants to move on, and that it’s not an insult to James nor the Cavaliers.
“I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid,” Jefferson said on his “Road Trippin'” podcast on Monday. “Really, really smart. Doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is, and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux. I think seeing [David Griffin] leave and the amount of coaches … I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever wants to ever really fully [recognize].
“He’s the No. 1 pick right after LeBron [left for the Heat in 2010], then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there’s trade rumors, now it’s ‘LeBron’s leaving.’ It’s like at some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability.”
That brings us to Lance Lynn. He missed the 2016 season after Tommy John surgery, but he’s been pretty much exactly the same reliable starting pitcher in 2017 (3.40 ERA, 2.53 K/BB) as he was in his first four full seasons in the bigs (3.38 ERA, 2.59 K/BB). He’s made 19 starts this year and has shown no lingering effects from the missed season.
If the Cardinals decide to trade Lynn, who turned 30 in Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal May, he’d bring back a solid return. Not Quintana-esque, but enough to make it worth the Cardinals’ effort. Lots of playoff-bound teams or teams on the fringes of contention could use a reliable starter like Lynn to solidify the Cheap Jerseys Paypal Payment rotation — especially the Rockies, but also the Royals, Astros, Yankees, Orioles, Mariners and even Indians.