There is no scenario where the Knicks would trade Kristaps Porzingis to the Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving, reports Fred Kerber of the New York Post.
Sources tell Kerber that the Knicks have not been drawn to any trade request that involves sending the forward to Cleveland.
Adrian Wojnarowksi of ESPN had reported earlier that the Cavs had considered Porzingis a "primary target" in a potential deal for Irving.
"Porzingis has emerged as a primary Cleveland target," Wojnarowski writes, "but that's a conversation that can occur only with Cleveland's willingness to unburden the Knicks of the three years and $55 million left on Joakim Noah's contract. For now, the conversation is a nonstarter for the Knicks, league sources said."
The Cavaliers also have interest in acquiring Jayson Tatum of the Celtics, Josh Jackson of the Suns, and Jamal Murray of the Nuggets in exchange for Irving, accordrding to Wojnarowski.
It was reported earlier this month by Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com that the Cavs would only be interested in trading Irving to the Knicks if Porzingis is part of the return.
While Irving "very badly" wants to become a Knick, New York has so far been unwilling to trade Porzingis in a deal for Irving.
The Knicks and Cavaliers had been in trade talks that focused on swapping Irving for Carmelo Anthony with a potential third team being involved. But the Cavaliers, according to Wojnarowski, are seeking a return of young players and draft picks similar to what the Nuggets acquired from the Knicks in exchange for Anthony in 2011.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Anthony is only willing to waive his no-trade clause to join the Rockets.
Approximately 20 teams, according to Wojnarowski, have inquired about Irving, but the Knicks, Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Timberwolves, and Heat are the only teams to make an offer for the 25-year-old former No. 1 pick.
Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games with the Cavaliers last season. He requested a trade last month, listing the Knicks, Heat, Spurs and Timberwolves as his four preferred destinations, though he does not have a no-trade clause.
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Aug 16: The Cavaliers can target Kristaps Porzingis all they want, but the Knicks shouldn't and won't budge. As enticing as the thought of the Cavs taking Joakim Noah's $55 million is, they would probably be crazy to do so, and it still shouldn't mean trading Porzingis. There's certain young players that have a skillset that is untouchable in a trade…Porzingis is that guy.
There aren't any 7'3" big men out there that can shoot from downtown and score like he can. He's also so young and so cheap right now that the Knicks can't let him go. As nice as it would be to have Kyrie Irving man the Knicks backcourt, they would take a step back doing this trade with the Cavs. They would be in a worse position to win than they are right now and fans would be extremely disappointed in the franchise.
There's already enough pessimism around the team as it is. Trade your 22-year-old franchise player and it may get ugly in New York City. The Latvian sensation is not also extremely talented, but he's very likeable too. He's starting to get accustomed to the New York lifestyle and is wonderful on social media. The Knicks should hang up the phone when the Cavs call and say the name Porzingis.