August 15, 2017, 11:17 am
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs remain insistent on getting ‘an elite young player’ for Kyrie Irving in any trade and have received interest from the Knicks, Suns, Bucks, Celtics and Spurs.
The Knicks have been hesitant to include Kristaps Porizingis in any deal, though they could back off that stance if the organization can’t repair its relationship with the young star. The other condition of a Kyrie-to-NY trade would be the Cavs taking on Joakim Noah’s odious contract. Cleveland would be interested in acquiring Josh Jackson from Phoenix or Jayson Tatum and futures from the Celtics, though it’s not clear whether the other halves of those equations would agree to those terms. The Spurs and Bucks are in the picture but lack the young assets that Cleveland would want, only emerging as more serious partners if LeBron James commits to re-signing with the Cavs. Expect this saga to play out for a while longer, as Cleveland has no incentive to rush this one along.