Cleveland is determined to get an elite young player for Irving, which means this: "The trade plan the Cavaliers would have prioritized, with James committed for the long term - veterans to surround James and draft picks - isn't in motion".
As we well know, there is a certain team in the Eastern Conference who can fulfill those requirements. If the Cleveland Cavaliers don't offer him that, he'll find a team that will.
The Knicks have reportedly made an offer for Irving, but it's not clear who was included in that package.
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Among the other players the Cavs are said to be interested in are the Celtics' Jayson Tatum, the Suns' Josh Jackson and the Nuggets' Jamal Murray.
There were reports this week which pegged the Clippers as Irving's latest team of choice, however, a league source said recently that without the inclusion of a third team, there didn't seem to be a combination of assets the Clippers had that could compete with anything now being linked to Irving.
It's easy to understand why Cleveland is high on Tatum, a 19-year-old with an offensive game that appears ready for the National Basketball Association spotlight.
Last season, Irving, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, averaged 25.2 points and 5.5 assists per game. An earlier report from USA Today said James is "frustrated" with the Cavs offseason, and this came before Irving's trade request. Well, assuming they follow through with his demands, there are two options.
Essentially, the Cavs want to find someone with the potential to be a legitimate star, and if the Bucks now had a player outside of Antetokounmpo who fit that bill, they'd have no need to consider trading for Irving in the first place.