The Phoenix Suns are trying to acquire Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, but they will not include budding star Devin Booker in any deal, according to a report from Cleveland.com.
The Suns are reportedly not willing to give up rookie small forward Josh Jackson either — which would make it unlikely that Cleveland and Phoenix can get a deal done, since the Cavs are looking for sound veterans and a blue-chip young asset in return for Irving.
Cleveland also wants Josh Jackson, a 6-8 rookie drafted fourth overall by the Suns in June. Phoenix reportedly doesn’t want to trade Jackson, and a source said the Suns told Devin Booker he would not be traded — which would seem to put a serious hamper in this potential trade.
Phoenix is making the wise choice here by making Booker untouchable.
There is no argument one can make for trading Booker, the Suns’ franchise player, for a guy in Irving who could end up being a two-year rental.
Booker, 20, averaged 22.1 points per game this past season.
According to Amico Hoops sources, the Cavaliers are continuing to talk trades with no less than seven teams — with the Suns, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets considered the strongest suitors. (Full Cavs/Irving report.)