We can now officially anoint this the “Summer of Kyrie” as the Kyrie Irving trade request and the resulting drama and endless streams of rumors and hypothetical trades has dominated the NBA news cycle for a few weeks now.
At this point it is heard to really know which suitors are most actively involved in the Irving sweepstakes and who is or isn’t on the table.
According to a report from The Plain Dealer (a Denver based newspaper) the Nuggets are unwilling to deal Gary Harris and Jamal Murray for Kyrie Irving.
Here is what Terry Pluto reported on Thursday:
“I hear Denver will not give up Murray and Harris in a deal.”
This report obviously lacks clarification, but let’s assume the Nuggets may be willing to deal one of their two young guards, but not both. Is Harris or Murray as the centerpiece of a deal including a Wilson Chandler or Will Barton really enough to get a deal done? With the Cavaliers reported demands, I think not.
Call me crazy and maybe I am not valuing Gary Harris (a little overrated in my opinion) or Jamal Murray enough, but if Denver really wants to try and elevate to the top tier of the western conference and make a splash, they should be willing to trade Harris, Murray and either Chandler or Faried to Cleveland in order to get a superstar point guard in Irving to pair with Jokic and Millsap.
My gut feeling tells me Irving starts next season as a Cavalier.