The NBA world has been focused on the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past week following Kyrie Irving's trade request, but there's more going on than just Irving's unhappiness. However, there are some updates on the Irving situation. The offseason is about to reach a quiet point, but here are all the latest NBA rumors you need to know.
Cavs Demands For Kyrie Irving
The Cavs demands for a return in a Kyrie Irving trade are now know. Here's what the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.
"The word is out around the NBA," Joe Vardon reports. "The Cavaliers want a veteran starter, a blue chipper on a rookie contract, and a first-round pick for Kyrie Irving. The Cavs are working diligently to make Irving happy (he wants to be traded) and get what they want for him in return. They've been in contact consistently with Irving's camp as they field calls and offers from interested suitors, trying to cultivate an offer that makes sense."
Only a handful of teams can (and/or are willing) to offer that type of package for Irving. One team that sticks out: the Phoenix Suns. But do they have interest?
Suns' Interest In Irving
Sticking with the same report from Vardon, it appears the Suns aren't willing to match the Cavs' asking price. Yes, they're willing to including PG Eric Bledsoe and one of their first rounders (they also have the Heat's next year), but they aren't offering up the blue-chip rookie.
"Cleveland also wants Josh Jackson, a 6-8 rookie drafted fourth overall by the Suns in June," Vardon writes. "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."
The Cavs aren't getting Booker, that's a given. And if they can't sway the Suns into giving up Jackson (which also seems unlikely), a trade has issues getting done. The Suns could offer T.J. Warren, or include Jared Dudley while taking back someone like Iman Shumpert.
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Lakers Sign Vander Blue
It's a quiet point in the offseason, but teams are starting to fill out the bottom of the roster with contracts. The Lakers are one team to do so, signing Summer League star Vander Blue.
Sources: The Lakers and G League MVP and summer league guard Vander Blue have agreed on a partially guaranteed deal.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 29, 2017
Hearing Blue's guarantee is $50K, leaving possibility he's back with South Bay Lakers in some capacity open https://t.co/FQvXJ8cmIn— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) July 29, 2017
Blue looked sharp in the Summer League, putting up 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. The Marquette product fared even better for the Lakers G-League team last year, with 24.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game. A shooting guard, Blue will join a guard corps that consists of first round rookies Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart, free agent pickup Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and holdovers Jordan Clarkson and the recently re-signed Tyler Ennis.Back to the NBA Newsfeed