The Cleveland Cavaliers have come out to say that they are expecting Kyrie Irving to report to the team when training camp begins. But expectedly, the team hasn’t openly talked much about a possible trade. As usual, the rumor mill is churning and when a big name like Kyrie Irving is involved, the names in a potential deal also will most likely be big.
The Phoenix Suns are one team heavily connected for Irving, for multiple reasons. Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe is a ‘Klutch Sports’ client, joining LeBron James. Phoenix recently hired James Jones to their front office and Jones is quite possibly LeBron’s favorite teammate, ever. And of course, the Suns have a nice handful of young talents prime for the picking if Phoenix elected to make a deal.
But it doesn’t seem like Phoenix is ready to pull the trigger on a deal. The Cavs reportedly have a trade in mind with the Suns but it involves Josh Jackson, Phoenix’s prized rookie. They made Jackson unavailable earlier in the week despite LeBron inquiring about the rookie wingman and now they’ve reportedly put Devin Booker off limits.
Following comes from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
Phoenix reportedly doesn’t want to trade Jackson, and a source said the Suns told Devin Booker he would not be traded — which would seem to put a serious hamper in this potential trade.
“If that deal (Bledsoe, Miami first rounder and Jackson) for Irving was there, it’d be done by now,” a league source with knowledge of the Cavs’ thinking told cleveland.com.