The Kyrie Irving trade drama has dragged on for a while now, and it looks like it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, maybe all the way up until training camp begins, as teams are reportedly sending the Cleveland Cavaliers lowball offers in the hopes that the Cavs will get desperate to move the All-Star guard, according to NBA insider Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
It seems half the league is interested in trading for Irving, but the Cavs are holding firm on what they want in return, and no team has yet to meet their demands.
In the latest Amico podcast, Sam states that there are only three teams that are actually in the running for Irving: the Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Sacramento Kings.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) August 6, 2017
Minnesota and Phoenix have been rumored to be chasing Kyrie for a while now, but the inclusion of the Sacramento Kings is a new one.
The Timberwolves have completely reshaped their roster this offseason, and adding Irving to what they already have would definitely thrust them into the top tier of Western Conference teams. The thing is though, Minny does not want to part ways with swingman Andrew Wiggins, and have reportedly offered him a five-year extension worth $150 million, so Wiggins is definitely off the table.
Phoenix has been in the mix for Irving since he announced his trade request. Apparently, they’ve already made an offer to Cleveland which included Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender, and a 2018 first-round pick. Obviously, the Cavaliers didn’t like what they saw in that trade, but that doesn’t mean the Suns are completely out of the race, as they still have many other assets they can offer, including Marquese Chriss and T.J. Warren.
It’s unknown if Sacramento has made an offer to Cleveland, or even begun talks with them about the point guard, but they’re definitely full of young assets and picks in the Cavs want to pursue a trade with the Kings.
Amico is fairly certain Phoenix will eventually end up with Kyrie on their roster, as they possess the right kind of pieces Cleveland is looking for in a trade: young pieces and draft picks.