New names, teams emerge in Cavs’ Kyrie talks

Kyrie Irving remains available in trade talks and most around the league expect those discussions to become more intense.

The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to target younger players with loads of potential in trade talks involving All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, according to a report from ESPN.

As part of a return for Irving, the Cavs have their sights set on the likes of New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, Phoenix Suns rookie forward Josh Jackson, and Boston rookie forward Jayson Tatum, ESPN reported.

The Cavs are willing to move pieces other than Irving, league sources have repeatedly told Amico Hoops, and are continuing to press on about Jackson despite the Suns’ initial reluctance. Irving requested a trade last month.


“This Irving trade process has been deliberate, and teams believe the Cavaliers expect more aggressive conversations in September, closer to the start of training camps. Porzingis has emerged as a primary Cleveland target, but that’s a conversation that can occur only with Cleveland’s willingness to unburden the Knicks of the three years and $55 million left on Joakim Noah’s contract. For now, the conversation is a nonstarter for the Knicks, league sources said.”

The report added that older veteran teams such as the San Antonio Spurs have a strong interest in Irving, but have no one who would work for the Cavs in return. League sources have told Amico Hoops the Cavs have not been interested in proposals from the Spurs and sources do not expect that to change.

The Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and New Orleans Pelicans have emerged as some of the stronger suitors for Irving in recent weeks, sources told Amico Hoops.

Meanwhile, the Celtics are also said to be intrigued with Irving, and they are among the teams on his wish list, according to former Cavs general manager David Griffin.

The Cavs, however, would want both Tatum and second-year forward Jaylen Brown included in a package centered on Irving.

Per ESPN: “Boston knows that Cleveland is mostly intrigued with Tatum, but the sides have not formally discussed that deal, league sources said.”

As Amico Hoops reported last week, ESPN wrote Tuesday the Cavs and others around the league expect opposing teams to make stronger offers and talks to get more serious as training camp approaches next month.

“I doubt anyone has made their best offer yet,” one opposing team executive told Amico Hoops. “I know we haven’t.”

Cavs GM Koby Altman is currently assisting with the Basketball Without Borders program in Israel, where he continues to take part in Irving talks.

Team owner Dan Gilbert has also been involved in discussions with opposing owners/GMs — and star forward LeBron James has been described by the Cavs as extremely engaged in the team’s pursuit of talent.

10 Comments on "New names, teams emerge in Cavs’ Kyrie talks"

  1. I like the idea of getting Porzingis, even though we may need to find a third team to take on the Noah contract… How about we flip Noah to Chicago and get Wade? Here’s my idea:

    Knicks get: Irving, Frye
    Bulls get: Noah, Shumpert
    Cavs get: Porzingis, Wade

  2. Here’s a Celtics trade that works in the trade machine:
    Celtics get: Irving, Shumpert, Frye & Jefferson
    Cavs get: Horford, Tatum & Brown

  3. Quite a day:
    The Cavs are targeting Porzingus.
    KI will commit to the Spurs but thy don’t have young players the Cavs want.
    Since Lebron won’t commit the Cavs are targeting young players and not vets just in case..
    The Cavs are fixated on Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Phoenix Suns swingman Josh Jackson, and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray,

    And it’s not even noon yet.

  4. Cavs Get – Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, 2 first round picks (if we’re lucky the nets pic)

    Boston Get – Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert

    Then…the Cavs should use The lesser pick from Boston to trade for Deandre Jordan. Here’s how it would look.

    Cavs Get – Deandre Jordan, Montrezl Harrell or Sam Dekker

    Clippers Get – Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, and a Boston pick

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  6. Cavs gets: Jaylen Brown, Horford, Crowder & pick

    Boston gets: Kyrie Irving, Shumpert/JR Smith ++ ???

    3rd team: I.Thomas

    Cavs can be a contender this year and have a future to hold on Brown and the pick also giving the contract of Smith or Shumpert.

    While Boston gets the superstar caliber Irving for 2 seasons. And Maybe they can get Deandre Jordan and Butler for the next seasons

  7. If the Cavs going for youth, I think Pistons would be a great trade partner

    Cavs gets: Avery Bradley, S.Johnson, A.Drummond +pick

    Pistons gets: K.Irving, T.Thompson and Jr.smith

    I know its not enough for the Cavs but I think Drummond and S.Johnson have the potential to grow alongside with Lebron.

    While Pistons gets Irving and Thompson. They can be FA destination for the next season and they can trade up R.Jackson for a nice piece, a wing or a pf.

  8. But the trade I really like to had for the Cavs is the LA Clippers

    Cavs get: Deandre Jordan and Patrick Beverley + picks and salary fillers

    Clippers get: Irving, TT and JR Smith

    or have a 3rd team to get it done.

    Cavs will be a defensive and rebounding nightmare if this trade will be done


    • The only contract on the Cavs considered valuable for sure is Irvings, though Frye’s expiring isn’t bad. Those two are enough to match Jordan and Beverly. I would like that trade also for the Cavs. But the article indicates mgmt’s preference for a young star and LAC doesn’t have that.

  9. Trading with Boston would be buying LBJ’s ticket out of town next summer. Just keep that in mind.

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