The joke’s on us for thinking off-season acquisitions were (basically) over in the NBA.Kyrie Irving made sure wholesale nba jerseys of it. Irving sent the NBA into a tizzy last week after word leaked out that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star point guard requested a trade in a meeting with team owner and Detroit native Dan Gilbert. There’s no doubt Irving is one of the game’s best scorers, and the Pistons are in need of a player of his caliber to carry the franchise back to the playoffs and beyond. But money and talent drive the NBA, which is why it’s unrealistic to think Irving will land in Detroit. Irving, whose game-clinching three-pointer helped the Cavaliers stun the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, seems to be looking for a chance to be the top offensive player or at least share the spotlight. He could check either of those boxes with the Pistons, who have been searching for a star and were in talks with the Indiana Pacers about trading for Paul George before last season’s February trade deadline. Plus, Irving is under contract for two more seasons (with a player option for 2019-20). Irving averaged a career-best 25.2 points to go with 5.8 assists in 72 regular season games last season, shooting 47.3% from the field (19.7 shots per game) and 40.1% from three-point range. He replicated his dominance from the 2016 championship run in the 2017 playoffs, posting 25.9 points over 18 games on good efficiency. A Pistons backcourt of Irving and Avery Bradley would complement each other perfectly with Bradley’s off-ball shooting and cutting, and his All-NBA defense helping to shield Irving. The pair would immediately become one of the best backcourts in the league.