The Knicks and Cavaliers are in serious trade talks focusing on swapping F Carmelo Anthony and PG Kryie Irving with a potential third team involved, reports Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz.
ESPN's Ian Begley reports the Knicks are not willing to deal F Kristaps Porzingis, but they would be willing to send future first-round picks with Anthony for Irving.
LeBron James was reportedly blindsided by Irving's request, which was made because Irving no longer wants to play second-fiddle to James.
Irving, 25, will earn $18.8 million this coming season, $20 million in 2018-19, and $21.3 million in 2019-20, after which he is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Irving, who averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists for the Cavaliers last season, has averaged 21.6 points and 5.5 assists during his six-year career.
The Knicks have recently engaged the Cavaliers in trade talks for Carmelo Anthony, with Cleveland wanting the Knicks to take Kevin Love back in any deal.
When it comes to potential trades, the following is instructive:
Free agents signed this summer cannot be traded until Dec. 15th at the earliest and rookies cannot be traded until 30 days after signing, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.
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Let's take a look at a potential trade package that would make sense and work financially for the Knicks and Cavs.
Receive: Kyrie Irving, Channing Frye
Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Knicks 2018 1st round pick, Eric Bledsoe
Receive: Tristan Thompson, Cavs 2018 1st rd pick
Anthony would give the Cavs a star to join LeBron James and Kevin Love and still make them the favorite in the East for at least one more season.
Bledsoe gives the Cavs an immediate replacement for Irving The Knicks get a star point guard to team up with Kristaps Porzingis.
The deal makes perfect sense for all three teams and this is the best win-now return the Cavs would get for Irving.