The NBA world has been centered around the Cleveland Cavaliers for the past week following Kyrie Irving's trade request, and we continue to learn which teams are interested in Irving - and what they're willing to give up to get him. With free agency pretty much over, many teams are exploring the trade market before the start of the new season. Here are all the latest NBA rumors you need to know:
Here's what the Heat are willing to offer the Cavs for Kyrie Irving
The Miami Heat are one of the four teams Irving told the Cavs he wanted to be traded to, and while Miami has been willing to offer Cleveland a package centered around Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow, a deal between the two sides isn't expected to get done, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Miami Heat are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces for an Irving trade, league sources said. With the Cleveland-Miami history, there's little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package.
Miami's offer meets Cleveland's asking price of a combination of proven veterans and promising young players, but they want more than Dragic and Winslow in a deal.
Irving has three years left on his contract and does not have a no-trade clause, meaning Cleveland does not have to abide by his wish list.
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Why Pacers-Cavs deal for Paul George fell apart
Cleveland heavily pursued a trade for Paul George before the Indiana Pacers sent him to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and would have sent Irving to Indiana for George. However, the deal fell through when the two sides couldn't agree on the protections on a first-round pick that also would've been sent to the Pacers, according to Wojnarowski.
Indiana had Irving on its board as the No. 1 target for George, league sources said. The Pacers had a willingness to do a deal straight-up, but Cleveland declined several times, league sources said. What did nearly come together was a three-way trade that would've sent Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, Gary Harris to Indiana and George to the Cavaliers.
Here's where the deal fell apart, league sources said: Indiana wanted no protections on a future Cavaliers first-round pick. Cleveland balked, insisting the pick have lottery protection -- and Indiana moved onto the Oklahoma City package of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.
Cavs owner Dan Gilbert took a jab at the Pacers earlier this week, saying "Indy could've done better" than the deal they made with OKC.
Andrew Wiggins seeking max extension
The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently working on a contract extension with Andrew Wiggins, and he won't accept anything less than a max deal, according to Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver.
Andrew Wiggins has lofty goals for the 2017–18 season: a playoff berth and an All-Star appearance. Before all that, though, he is seeking a max rookie contract extension.
Wiggins, who averaged a career-high 23.6 PPG, 4 RPG and 2.3 APG last season, is eligible for a rookie extension prior to the Oct. 16 deadline. Talks are ongoing between the Timberwolves and Wiggins’ representatives for the extension, which would kick in for the 2018-19 season.
While Wiggins said that he is taking a “day by day” approach to the contract discussions, he didn’t waver when asked whether he was worthy of a max contract, which could reach $148 million over five years with a starting salary of $25.5 million. “I definitely do,” Wiggins told The Crossover. “Nothing less.”
Minnesota - who were also one of the four teams on Irving's wish list - is exploring a trade for Irving with "incredible seriousness" and may include Wiggins in a deal, though they'd prefer to keep him.Back to the NBA Newsfeed