Raptors contacted Cavaliers about Kyrie Irving

Rachel Hardy
August 17, 2017

He described landing Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers as a "dream" scenario for the Spurs. And evidently if the Celtics want to get involved in those discussions it will have to include Tatum.

Kristaps Porzingis, the 7-foot-3 Latvian star, has been a primary focus of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are looking to trade Kyrie Irving.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavs remain "fixated" on acquiring a young star for Irving like the Nuggets' Jamal Murray.

Even one retired Spur player shared that if Irving will make it to the Spurs, he will certainly be a great fit for the team.

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The Cavaliers are in a situation in which they have to think of rebuilding if LeBron James will leave after the season. The whole report from Woj is worth a read as it details a few of the potential landing spots for Irving and the current obstacles to him landing there. The Spurs have interest in Irving, league sources say, and Irving's willingness to commit to an extension with the Spurs makes for legitimate win-now deal possibilities for Cleveland.

It may be insane for the Spurs to not want Irving (even though they reportedly do), but it depends if they have the pieces to get someone like him. Now, with Irving demanding a trade and apparently feuding with his star teammate, James may be ready to cut the cord. Leonard is a proven defensive stud who isn't always known for high-scoring performances.

"If the Cavaliers knew they had James committed, for example, San Antonio could emerge as a more intriguing trade partner". I would surmise that Irving's presence would at least be enough to lock in Bradley after this season, which would give the team two years to develop a strategy to build around the two guards. Cleveland still holds the leverage in the deals, though, and will likely continue to shop for the best possible deal for them going forward.

The Wizards' starting lineup logged 1,347 minutes, almost 500 more than any other five-man lineup in the National Basketball Association, and posted a scoring margin equal to that of a 60-win team. In all reality, the Cavs have more than just a season to field plenty of offers.

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