The New York Knicks are among six teams who have already made an offer to the Cleveland Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Approximately 20 teams, according to Wojnarowski, have inquired about Irving since he reportedly requested to be traded out of Cleveland, however the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat are the only teams to make an offer for the 25-year-old former No. 1 pick.
The Knicks and Cavaliers have been in trade talks that focused on swapping Irving for Carmelo Anthony with a potential third team being involved, however the Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski, are seeking a return of young players and draft picks similar to what the Denver Nuggets acquired from the Knicks in exchange for Anthony in 2011.
While Irving reportedly "very badly" wants to become a Knick, New York is reportedly unwilling to trade forward Kristaps Porzingis in a deal for Irving and Anthony's will to be traded to the Houston Rockets makes a deal with Cleveland a "long shot," according to ESPN's Ian Begley.
Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games with the Cavaliers last season.
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The Knicks really can't get Irving without trading Anthony to the Cavaliers. Take Porzingis off the table -- he's untouchable. It's almost impossible to see any package actually working out between these teams that would make it fair for the Cavs if they want a younger return that doesn't include Anthony.
The Knicks would have to hope the Cavs would want a package involving Willy Hernangomez and rookie Frank Ntilikina (who can be traded after Aug. 4), and future first-round picks.
A third team like the Phoenix Suns would need to be involved for a trade to work out, and for it to work out financially, they would have to hope the Cavs or Suns would take on Courtney Lee's contract, which has three years, $37 million remaining. First-round draft picks would have to be in the deal. Eric Bledsoe to the Cavs would likely also have to be part of the deal.
Without Anthony involved, there would have to be a lot of moving parts (and a lot of prayers, if the Knicks want to pull off a summer miracle). It's tough for Knicks fans to hear how bad he wants to come to New York, but realize how difficult any trade would be for such a talented guard without Anthony being a part of it.