Kyrie Irving listed the Miami Heat as one of his preferred destinations after requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a report from ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday shed light on the players Pat Riley and Co. could part with in order to land the four-time All-Star.
Wojnarowski reported the Heat would be willing to build a package around point guard Goran Dragic and third-year swingman Justise Winslow to facilitate a deal.
However, he cautioned “there’s little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package” because of the history between the Cavaliers and Heat dating back to LeBron James‘ departure for South Beach in 2010.
On top of that, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported the Heat are denying offering Winslow and Dragic because the Cavaliers’ asking price for Irving is too high.
The Heat are also at a disadvantage because they already owe their 2018 and 2021 first-round picks to the Phoenix Suns and will subsequently be prohibited from dangling their 2019 and 2020 selections according to the terms of the “Stepien Rule.”
On Monday, ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe reported the Cavaliers are acting like a trade is “inevitable” and that their No. 1 priority “is snagging a blue-chip young player.”
Wojnarowski followed up by reporting Cleveland and new general manager Koby Altman are seeking a bundle of assets that “resembles” what the Denver Nuggets scored in their 2011 trade of Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks.
In that deal, the Knicks packaged a 2014 first-round pick and 2016 first-round swap rights along with Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov to land Melo.
But according to Wojnarowski, the Celtics are simply “monitoring” the situation at the moment and have yet to make it clear whether they want to make a run at the 25-year-old scoring savant.
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