Suns willing to trade Dragan Bender as part of Kyrie Irving deal

Kristopher Nichols
August 5, 2017

Just last month, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that roughly 20 teams were interested in Irving, so this report just confirms Detroit is one of those.

Despite all of this Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said in a news conference Wednesday that Irving is an integral part of the team and they are preparing like Irving is going to be a member of the team for the foreseeable future.

Talented as Irving is, two years is still a short amount of time.

And while they are not necessarily on his preferred list of suitors, the Phoenix Suns appear to be in a good position to land the four-time All-Star. Irving has two seasons left on his current contract, does not possess a no-trade clause, and the Cavs can offer his services up to the highest bidder, whether that's to a franchise of his liking or not. In exchange for a star player they got multiple useful players, and promptly won 57 games in the first full, non-lockout shortened season without Anthony. Irving has made himself look like a locker room problem, as much as he is a talent.

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The Pacers got back a ho-hum package of Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo for Paul George who only has one year remaining on his contract and the Bulls netted just Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 selection Lauri Markkanen. Obviously, they would not want a player who has no desire to play with the team.

In return for Irving, Cleveland is reportedly looking for a trade that was similar to that of the 2011 Denver Nuggets-New York Knicks deal for Carmelo Anthony, meaning they want young players, win-now veterans and draft picks.

The Cavs' trade demands might be high right now, but they'll likely drop as the regular season approaches considering Irving's intentions are already well known.

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