Trade talks centered on Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving have been quieter this week, but general manager Koby Altman and team owner Dan Gilbert remain engaged with at least a handful of teams, opposing executives told Amico Hoops.
Seven team executives were interviewed by Amico Hoops over a two-day span and each said they considered the Phoenix Suns to be the frontrunners to land Irving.
But each admitted that any number of teams could pull a surprise and pull off a deal for Irving before training camp in late September.
“I doubt anyone has made their best offer yet,” said one. “I know we haven’t. … This could end up being a multiple-team deal, too.”
No one from the Cavaliers or Suns were among those interviewed.
Also, the Cavs are said to not be currently in talks with anyone on Irving’s supposed “wish list,” which includes the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Minnestoa Timberwolves.
Former Cavs GM David Griffin said during an appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” that the Boston Celtics are also on Irving’s list. The Cavs and Celtics are not presently conducting talks, however.
Opposing execs believe the Cavs have at least explored Irving deals with each of the aforementioned teams. However, they have have not come close to the parameters of a trade with any of them.
Some opposing GMs are currently on vacation, but even so, remain in contact with Altman and Gilbert, sources said.
Irving requested a trade last month and according to sources, the Cavs are as determined as ever to move him.
Irving, 25, averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games last season.
Here’s more out of Cleveland:
- The Cavs open the five-game preseason against the Atlanta Hawks Oct. 4 at Quicken Loans Arena. Unlike the past several years, when the Cavs visited Columbus, they will not play any preseason “home” games outside of Cleveland. View the full schedule here.
- A report from ESPN on Wednesday revealed that Irving did not talk to his teammates for “consecutive days” during the playoffs. Per the report, Irving was “sullen or reclusive” following the Cavs’ first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers.
- I talked more about Irving and the Cavs during a spot with lifelong friend Jeff Phelps on 92.3 The Fan. Listen to the full conversation here.
- Also, I was a guest on the “All Eyez on Cleveland Podcast” with Brad Ward. We talked about the Cavs, and other potential trades, for more than 20 minutes. You can listen here.