Report: Celtics haven’t made trade offer for Kyrie Irving
The Celtics have made their obligatory call on the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, who ‘desperately’ wants to be traded out of Cleveland before the start of the season, but they have not yet made a formal offer for the 25-year-old guard, according to ESPN.
“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,” Adrian Wojnarowski wrote for the Worldwide Leader on Friday. “There were approximately 20 teams that inquired with Cleveland upon the news of Irving’s trade request, league sources said, but far fewer have registered legitimate proposals. More loom in the shadows, and many simply don’t have the assets to make a deal happen.”
Wojnarowski has also reported that the Cavaliers are seeking a return similar to the one that the Nuggets got from the Knicks in exchange for Carmelo Anthony in 2011. It was in that deal that Denver acquired some noteable, established talents in Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari, guard Raymond Felton and center Timofey Mozgov, along with a first round pick, as well as a couple of second-round draft choices.
That’s a haul that a number of general managers simply can’t deliver to Cleveland, as Wojnarowski alluded to early in his story, but one that Danny Ainge’s Celtics — with established players, young talents, and picks out the wazoo — could certainly meet.
“Several suitors contend there are two teams with the best ability to make deals for Irving: the Suns and Boston Celtics,” Wojnarowski confirmed. “The Celtics are monitoring, but it’s unclear how aggressive they’ll get — and how motivated the Cavaliers would be to make a deal with their fiercest conference rival.”
It’s believed that an ask from new Cavs general manager Koby Altman would center around Isaiah Thomas, at least one of the C’s prized top picks — be it the Brooklyn pick in 2018 or the Laker or King first-round pick acquired from the Sixers in the Markelle Fultz trade last month — along with a salary-matching player like Jae Crowder.
Even with Irving’s ceiling, that’s a tall initial order if you’re Ainge, and obviously worth the pause that’s left Cleveland without a real offer from the Celtics to date.
The 6-foot-3 Irving established career-best marks with 25.2 points per night and a 47.3 field goal percentage in 72 games for the Cavaliers last season.
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