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Saturday / November 18.
  • As basketball world awaits word from Kyrie Irving, he turns up for pickup at alma mater

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    While the basketball world awaits word from Kyrie Irving on his future plans, he turned up at his alma mater The Patrick School in Hillside (N.J.) for a pickup game on Thursday afternoon.

    Irving, who had been in Asia on a promotional tour before returning home for a few days, posed for a picture with Celtics coach and principal Chris Chavannes and St. Pat’s alums Alex Jones and Bryce Aiken.

    Irving has been a longtime supporter of his alma mater, which this year won the New Jersey Tournament of Champions, and his picture is posted above the entrance to the gym.

    He has supported the school, the basketball program and individual students, including paying the tuition of seventh-grader Spencer Joyner, who is battling a rare illness.

    Irving made huge NBA news when he recently asked the Cleveland Cavaliers for a trade, reportedly naming San Antonio, Miami, Minnesota and his hometown Knicks as his preferred landing spots.

    Bovada installed the Cavs at 1/1 odds to retain Irving and the Knicks at 3/1.

    Irving has no leverage in where he goes, as he is signed for two more years. ESPN’s Bobby Marks called his list of four “unrealistic.”

    In terms of the Knicks, they have expressed no desire to trade Kristaps Porzingis, while Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause and is said to prefer the Houston Rockets as his No. 1 destination.

    Meantime, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said Wednesday he expects Irving to be in training camp this year.

    “Right now Kyrie Irving is on a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for two or three years, depending on the last year,” Gilbert said. “So as of now, he’s one of our best players; sure, we expect him to be in camp.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.