A recent report outlined a Phoenix Suns’ trade proposal for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving. The deal reportedly went like this, according to a Minnesota sports radio station (and detailed by azsportscentral.com):
Veteran point guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year power forward/center Dragan Bender, and a first-round draft pick … for Irving.
Needless to say, this is something the Cavs would turn down. They love Bledsoe and they certainly like the idea of a first-round draft pick from a rebuilding team. As for Bender, well, not so much.
Bender is 7-foot-1 and was the No. 4 overall draft pick in 2016. But he clearly has a ways to go, and the Cavs don’t really want players who clearly have a ways to go in return for a dynamic and dazzling All-Star.
Will there be more talks between the Cavs and the Suns? It certainly seems that way. The Suns do in fact want Irving, but perhaps not enough to surrender anyone of consequence outside of Bledsoe.
Meanwhile, the Cavs are said to be feeling no pressure and showing no desperation in Irving trade talks. They’ve had plenty of conversations but are close to nothing.
They may take a break from the Suns and Minnesota Timberwolves, and start to get more serious with others.
If they don’t receive precisely what they’re looking for in return, yes, Irving will be in training camp with the Cavs — regardless of the awkward environment that could result.
But camp is about eight weeks away, and the Cavs are continuing to engage with the Suns, as well as many others. This could, it seems, go on a while.
“They’ll find a deal they like, and it will be a very good one,” an opposing general manager told Amico Hoops. “But I doubt it will happen quickly.”
Then again, trade talks are hard to predict and can change quickly. “It could also happen at any minute,” the GM added.
Here’s more out of Cleveland:
- One supposed holdup in the Irving talks? A recent report that he won’t commit long-term to the team that acquires him. Irving has two years left on his current deal, with a third-year player option. That said, sources say several teams talking to the Cavs are in win-now mode and haven’t been deterred by the report.
- Also, as several opposing execs have suggested, the Cavs may start to include new small forward Cedi Osman in Irving talks to offer teams (such as the Suns) a young player in return. Osman, 22, signed with the Cavs last month.
- Here is a nice breakdown of what Osman can offer the Cavs (or anyone), from a few months back by Fear The Sword.
- The Cavs have included Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert in Irving talks at different times, sources said. They clearly remain open to moving Frye and Shumpert, either together or separately, regardless of what happens with Irving.