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The Phoenix Suns are one of a number of teams trying to create the best trade package in an attempt to acquire Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving — who has requested to be traded by the team.
According to multiple reports, the Cavs have yet to receive an offer they like for Irving and haven’t yet gained any traction on a deal.
Monday evening, reports started to surface that the Suns were open to sending guard Eric Bledsoe, this year’s first-round draft pick Josh Jackson, and a future pick in exchange for Irving.
It would be quite the haul for Cleveland, which would get another explosive guard in Bledsoe to pair with Derrick Rose in the backcourt, while Jackson has all the tools to be an elite two-way wing player for years to come.
Cavs fans started to get excited about the possibility of adding Bledsoe and Jackson to the roster, but a new report from Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix suggests that the Suns won’t include Jackson in any deal for Irving.
The Phoenix Suns will NOT include Josh Jackson in any trade for Kyrie Irving.
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) July 25, 2017
The Suns most likely will fall out of the Irving sweepstakes if Jackson is indeed off limits.
Cleveland is reportedly looking to trade Irving for a blue-chip young player and one or two veterans who can contribute right away.
The Cavs want to remain title contenders next season while protecting themselves if LeBron James leaves in the 2018 free agency period.
Two other potential deals the Cavs could and should take a look at are what the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets can offer.
Cleveland may be able to either get Andrew Wiggins and big man Gorgui Dieng from the Wolves, or two young electric scoring guards in Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, along with a versatile small forward in Wilson Chandler from the Nuggets.