The Cleveland Cavaliers could make a deal at any time, but right now it does not appear that will happen.
The news of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving’ trade request continues to take more loops and turns daily. Unless something changes, the only resolution is trading Irving. He does not want to be in Cleveland and the franchise is doing no favors keeping him longer than they have too.
For many of you I am sure, trading away Irving by now would be ideal. Unfortunately, that has not happened and it is unknown if at all a trade will actually happen.
The one thing I am adamant about regarding an Irving trade is that Cleveland cannot move power forward Kevin Love in any deal. Regardless of who the Cavaliers would get for Irving, trading both of those all-stars would force Cleveland to take multiple steps backwards.
Not surprisingly, most of the NBA has had some degree of interest in Irving. However, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, just six teams have offered trade proposals for Irving.
"So far, these are among the teams who’ve made offers to the Cavaliers for Irving, league sources tell ESPN: The San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat."
So, what are the Cavaliers seeking in return?
"The Cavaliers want a package that resembles the 2011 Nuggets-Knicks deal for Carmelo Anthony — young players, win-now veterans and draft picks, league sources said."
I get that Cleveland is surveying the offers and won’t jump at the first intriguing option. If they did, everyone in key decision-making roles should not be employed. However, time does not stand still and teams could move in other directions.
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Sure, some teams like the Minnesota Timberwolves can’t make a trade now if they included point guard Jeff Teague because they just signed him. That said, the foundation of a potential deal could be agreed upon and when the restrictions are up, the two teams could then make the trade.
The more Irving posts on social media or is reported about him in the meantime, in terms of his relationship with forward LeBron James and/or the front office, the worst it looks on him.
Could that impact any deals for the Cavs’ sake? Maybe, but I doubt it.
On one hand, waiting is not good, but perhaps they are working on something with Minnesota for example. If Cleveland is not and they are actually letting everything play out, then they risk being the losers in any and all trade proposals.
The Cavaliers are playing with fire. It is only a matter of time before something happens, either positively or something impacts their trade approach negatively.