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The Cleveland Cavaliers remain engaged with several teams about a Kyrie Irving trade, but so far, they are getting some lowball offers for their disgruntled point guard.
Irving is reportedly not ready to commit long-term to any team that trades for him, as he can become a free agent in the summer of 2019.
The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are the teams Irving supposedly has on his wish list.
The 25-year-old All-Star wants to keep his options open, a scary thought for any team thinking about trading for Irving.
While the Cavs should be greedy and look to get a big haul for Kyrie, it’s clear they won’t get it since teams view the dynamic scorer as a possible rental player for two years.
The Wolves and Phoenix Suns, two teams that many think have the best shot at landing Irving, have been unwilling to part ways with their young assets.
Suns rookie Josh Jackson, who is eligible to be moved now, is said to be off limits in any trade packages for Irving.
The same goes for Andrew Wiggins, as Minnesota has offered him a five-year, $150 million extension and will not make him available to anybody in a trade — most likely putting a halt to any Wolves-Cavs talks.
Phoenix’s best offer for Irving is reportedly composed of Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender and a 2018 first-round pick.
There is no way the Cavs can be that shortsighted and make that putrid deal.
Cleveland is better off asking for Bledsoe, T.J. Warren and Marquese Chriss as a counter offer, and if the Suns say no to that, the Cavs should stop communicating with them and move on to the next team.
Since the Cavs are looking for a blue-chip young player and one or two veterans who can contribute right away in return for Irving, it’s surprising that we haven’t heard any rumors about a possible deal going down with the Denver Nuggets.
Ex-Cav Mike Miller said in late July that Irving would definitely be interested in playing for the Nuggets, but it is unclear if Denver is willing to give up both Jamal Murray and Gary Harris.
If Irving is still on the roster as training camp approaches, some general managers around the league believe teams will start to include their A-level prospects.
Until that happens, the Cavs can’t trade Irving for rubble just because he wants out.
If they don’t come across a deal that gives them a prodigious return by the start of the 2017-18 regular season, Cleveland’s brass will have to sit Irving down and figure out a way for him to co-exist with LeBron James and the rest of the team again.