Kyrie Irving threw a wrench in the NBA when it was reported that he requested a trade which would potentially put him on a different team other than the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time in his career. He included four teams that he preferred to be traded to: San Antonio, Miami, New York and Minnesota.
One team not included in this list is now a team making a strong push for Irving: the Phoenix Suns. According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500 and Dan Feldman of NBC sports, the Suns have assembled a package which they are willing to offer Cleveland in exchange for Irving. In this deal, they would acquire while they would trade away Eric Bledsoe, Dragan Bender and a projected 2018 first-round draft pick the Suns previously received from the Miami Heat.
Bledsoe is no doubt a selling point in this trade. He has quietly emerged as one of the better point guards in the league, averaging 21.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game during the 2016-2017 season. He would likely fill the gap that Irving would leave while also being able to step into the two-guard position for short durations. Due to Bledsoe being able to score so well, this would give the Cavs a lot more flexibility with what they want to do with him.
Dragan Bender is really the wild card in this deal. Coming off his rookie season, he averaged only 3.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. The potential, however, that this young player has is remarkable. The 7’1 forward can do everything; he can pass, step out and knock down a three and drive the the basket as well. While he did not have the most impressive rookie season, he has the potential to become a very talented player in the NBA if put in the right system.
As for the first round draft pick acquired from the Miami heat that would be included in this trade, it pretty much speaks for itself. This just gives Cleveland a little bit more incentive to accept this trade because it provides them with the option to acquire future assets along with Bledsoe and Bender.
This may be the best trade offer Cleveland has to date. It has been reported that the Cavaliers would be extremely interested to trade Irving if they they could acquire Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns. As of now, he is not included in the deal but it is likely that there will be much more negotiations that take place prior to a deal if it were to happen.