Paul George trade: Cavaliers are still in the mix for Pacers forward

The development came after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that several Cavs players warned Butler to stay away from the team after Cleveland team owner Dan Gilbert ousted general manager David Griffin. The Cavaliers are a (defending conference title) team in turmoil, and the big splash he wanted Griffin to make is now out of reach.

The Chicago Bulls ended up trading Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night, but the Cavaliers probably shouldn't worry about missing out right now because they have some disgruntled players within their organization. Irving also expressed interest in joining the Bulls.

Kyrie Irving and the Cavs lost to the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, 4-1.

"Irving has been contacting some of his former Team USA mates, letting them know that he might be willing to push for a trade, especially with the latest drama unfolding in Cleveland", Cowley stated.

LeBron James tweeted his support of Griffin.

Butler has three years and more than $56 million left on his contract, but he may be the only reason for optimism around the Bulls franchise after they sneaked into the playoffs and were eliminated in the first round by the Celtics in six games. However, Irving may become the main star there, as Butler has been reportedly pushing for a trade to get himself onto the Cavs' roster. Some analysts believe it is possible for the "King" to join either the Lakers or the Clippers this summer. For now, Irving can wait to see what happens, but if the "King" bolts for Los Angeles, "Uncle Drew" may not be far behind as he looks to add more championship rings to his collection.

  • Julie Sanders