Now more than a week after reports surfaced of Kyrie Irving wanting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the four-time All-Star has yet to receive his wish.
Naturally, interest in the 25-year-old point guard is quite high. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN notes that 20 teams have inquired about the cost of trading for Irving, while the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat have all made formal offers.
The Cavaliers should be in no hurry to deal their star, given that training camp is still almost two months away. They could also ignore the request all together, as owner Dan Gilbert says he expects Irving in camp this fall.
Cleveland reportedly wants a “veteran starter, blue chipper on a rookie contract and first-round pick”, notes Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. He adds that the Cavs have interest in a Suns deal that would include rookie forward Josh Jackson, point guard Eric Bledsoe and a first-round pick, much like the one Bleacher Report previously proposed.
With Irving still on the market and suitors starting to take shape, here’s an updated look at what Cleveland should try to get in return.