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The Sacramento Kings are putting together a trade offer for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, league sources told Amico Hoops late Saturday.
The proposed package is expected to include rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox, sources said, and perhaps center Kosta Koufos, as well as others to help make the salaries match.
According to a stunning report released Thursday, Irving has told the Cavs he wants to be traded.
“They will get the earth, the sun and the moon for the guy,” Cleveland.com reported a top NBA executive as saying. “He is 25, an all-star and under contract at below market for two more years.”
Irving has been an All-Star in four of his six NBA seasons, and the Cavs have reached the Finals three straight times — winning the franchise’s first championship in 2016.
Irving averaged a career-high 25.2 points and 5.8 assists last season, but the Cavs failed to repeat, losing to the Golden State Warriors in five games.
According to reports, he wants to get away from Cavs superstar LeBron James and his strong personality and grip on the city.
Numerous teams are expected to call the Cavaliers now that the news is out there about Irving. According to Amico Hoops sources, Phoenix, Minnesota, Denver and New Orleans have already plotted their calls and offers.
Fox is a 6-foot-4 point guard out of Kentucky. He was selected with the No. 5 overall pick in the June draft after one college season. He will make about $4.6 million in the first year of his contract. The Kings recently signed veteran point guard George Hill in free agency to help mentor Fox.
Irving is due $18.9 million next season, $20 million the year after that, and a player option of more than $21 million in the final year of his contract.
With or without Irving on the roster, soon-to-be general manager Koby Altman and the Cavs are expected to meet with free agent point guard Derrick Rose, with the intention of signing him.
Altman and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert are handling the trade calls involving Irving.