The San Antonio Spurs reportedly made an offer to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.
For the past seven days, there has been a connection between the San Antonio Spurs and Kyrie Irving who wants off the Cleveland Cavaliers. Other teams were on Irving’s wish list, too, like the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks.
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Well, a market is apparently in the making for Irving as the Cavs try to gauge his value. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland received interest from 20 teams for their star point guard. However, only six teams made an offer: the Spurs, Knicks, Timberwolves, Heat, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers. The latter two teams were the only ones not on Irving’s wish list.
Wojnarowski noted how the Cavs want a similar package to what the Denver Nuggets received in the 2011 trade of Carmelo Anthony — “young players, win-now veterans, and draft picks.” He then added how the direction for a trade proposal steered toward the format the Timberwolves and Chicago Bulls used for Jimmy Butler. This saw the No. 7 overall pick, Kris Dunn, and Zach LaVine go to Chicago.
For the Spurs, given their history since the 1997-98 season, they’ll likely pick near the bottom of the 2018 NBA Draft. They have younger assets like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Davis Bertans, and Kyle Anderson, all of which haven’t taken the next step in their respective careers or played a full season in the NBA.
As for the “win-now veterans,” that could include Danny Green, a former NBA champion and top perimeter defender. LaMarcus Aldridge fits the win-now profile, but is his contract for next season a detriment toward a potential deal? He’s owed $21.5 million next season and has a $22 million player option for 2018-19.
Now, the focus will turn to the exact packages these teams are offering, including the Spurs. What kind of deal should they offer for Irving?