Multiple reports around the league indicate that the Phoenix Suns and Ceveland Cavaliers have been engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving ever since he requested a trade a few weeks ago. Those same reports also claim the Suns have made some real traction.
Although unwilling to include Josh Jackson and Devin Booker, Phoenix has plenty to offer the Cavs. Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 details the type of pieces Cleveland would be willing to offer for Kyrie Irving:
“Now, they won’t offer Josh Jackson plus that Miami 2018 first and Eric Bledsoe. I’m told they’ll do Bledsoe. They’ll do the pick. Plus, Dragan Bender.”
The Cavaliers could certainly do worse. Bledsoe is a terrific two-way player and would be a great backup for the Cavs behind Derrick Rose. Dragan Bender, on the other hand, is a young guy with loads of potential.
There’s no guarantee the Cavs would take that deal. They’d rather replace Irving with a more proven star, rather than young, inexperienced, talent.
But for the Cavs, this might be the best deal they can get.