The Cleveland Cavaliers are seeking a king’s ransom in exchange for Kyrie Irving, and one league source told Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon he believes the Phoenix Suns have the assets necessary to facilitate a deal.
On Saturday, the source said if the Suns were to offer point guard Eric Bledsoe, No. 4 overall pick Josh Jackson and the Miami Heat‘s 2018 first-round pick, it would be enough to net Phoenix the four-time All-Star.
“If that deal (Bledsoe, Miami first-rounder and Jackson) for Irving was there, it’d be done by now,” he said, per Vardon.
It’s not a surprise Cleveland would be enticed by that collection of assets.
ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Friday the Cavaliers are seeking a package similar to the one the Denver Nuggets extracted from the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony in 2011, while his colleague Zach Lowe first reported Cleveland wanted to build a deal around “a blue-chip young player.”
However, that deal appears unlikely, barring a change in the Suns’ thinking.
For now, the Cavs will continue to scour the market for a deal that’s to their liking after Wojnarowski reported six teams, including the Suns, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers, have submitted offers.
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