According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, six teams have made trade offers to the Cleveland Cavaliers for point guard Kyrie Irving amid his trade request. The teams include the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat, Knicks, Clippers, and Suns. Out of the teams that have offered packages for Irving the Phoenix Suns would be the most logical fit
Irving did give the Cavs a list of teams he would like to go to ( Knicks, Heat, Timberwolves, and Spurs) and according to Pablo Torre of ESPN he wants to go to the Knicks “very badly”. But in reality it doesn’t matter what Irving wants because he doesn’t have any trade restrictions in his contract.
Obviously Cleveland would prefer to keep Irving but due to the fracture in their current relationship it seems tough to imagine it being a comfortable situation in that locker room for this up coming season if Kyrie is still sporting a Cavs jersey.
Now going back to the Suns, they have pieces that Cleveland could view as desirable. Especially because the land of King James wants to win now in what might be his last year as a Cavalier. Clevelands front office is praying that LeBron doesn’t leave (again) but if he does they need future pieces to hopefully rebuild; the Suns impact vets, promising young players, and draft picks.
The Suns probably wouldn’t be able to make the best offer talent wise. Minnesota could give Cleveland the best deal but it seems unlikely that the Timberwolves would be willing to part with Andrew Wiggins. The Knicks could give up Carmelo but he doesn’t want to go to Cleveland according to multiple reports and he, unlike Kyrie, does have a no-trade clause. The Heat could put Justice Winslow and Goran Dragic on the block but why would the Cavaliers want to take on a 31 year olds contract that grows larger as he gets older?
Then you have the Clippers and Spurs who don’t nearly have enough assets. LaMarcus Aldridge would be a decent deal but the Cavs already have Kevin Love at power forward and Tristan Thompson at the five and getting Aldridge would create a log jam. The that leaves the Suns. Phoenix has players with potential such as Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Devin Booker, and Josh Jackson; all of whom are 20 years old or younger.
Booker and Jackson are pretty much off the table according to reports but Chriss and / or Bender have high ceilings that Cleveland may want to invest in.
The veterans that Cleveland can pry away from the Suns include Eric Bledsoe, Tyson Chandler, T.J. Warren, Brandon Knight, and Jared Dudley. Of those players Bledsoe seems like the guy to be dealt to Cleveland. Bledsoe has been seen working out with LeBron this summer along with new Cav Derrick Rose so that would definitely make some sense. Bledsoe could replace Irving’s spot in the lineup and D-Rose could provide an offensive spark off the bench. Throw in Marquese Chriss and a couple future picks and the deal should be able to get done.
The Cavaliers are never going to get what they deserve when trading a 25 year old 4x All-Star point guard but Phoenix seems like the most likely landing spot even if Irving wouldn’t be happy stranded by himself in the desert.