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We can now add the Phoenix Suns to the list of teams trying to acquire Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving.
According to ESPN, the Suns would consider trading guard Eric Bledsoe, this year’s first-round draft pick Josh Jackson, and a future pick in exchange for Irving.
With Irving not possessing a no-trade clause in his contract, the Cavs can sit back and wait for the best offer.
Bledsoe, 27, told the Arizona Republic that he would like to play for a contender. He is represented by Rich Paul and Klutch Sports — the same agency that represents Cavaliers star LeBron James, guard J.R. Smith and center Tristan Thompson.
Bledsoe has even worked out at the Cavs’ practice facility in the past.
Cleveland should be getting the moon and then some in return for Irving, who is just now hitting the prime of his career.
Adding Bledsoe and Jackson to the roster would make a lot of sense for the Cavs.
Bledsoe could either start alone, start alongside newly acquired guard Derrick Rose or come off the bench while Jackson would have James as a mentor at the wing position.
Cleveland’s highest priority is reportedly trading Irving for a blue-chip young player.
The Cavs want to remain title contenders next season while protecting themselves if James leaves in 2018.
While plenty of speculation abounds, the Cavs are said to not yet be near any deal involving Irving, who requested a trade a few weeks ago.
Sam Amico contributed to this report.