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Kyrie Irving doesn’t want to be in Cleveland anymore. The big question now is where does he end up? After announcing that he wanted to be traded he made a wish list for where he wants to play next. The list included the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat. The Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns have also come into the picture recently due to the number of assets they have to offer up in any deal.
The Cavaliers want a king’s ransom for their star point guard, and so they should. Irving is a scoring machine who has proven himself on the biggest of stages. It has been reported that their number 1 priority is that a blue-chip young player apart of any deal. It was also reported recently that the Miami Heat would be willing to offer a deal involving young forward Justise Winslow along with point guard Goran Dragic.
Winslow is a third year player that is coming off an injury interrupted 2016/17 season but is a promising talent that shows tremendous athleticism and the ability to lock down on the defensive end. Dragic has been around the traps since 2008 where he has shown his capabilities mostly on the offensive end. He is unselfish, pushes the pace and has improved his range from beyond the arc in the most recent season. Both players would fit well in the Cavaliers right now and Winslow gives them a bluechip talent to help them build again should LeBron James leave in the 2018 free-agency window.
However sources close to the Heat have denied the rumours that they are offering a Winslow/Dragic package. They believe the asking price is too high and it has also been indicated that there is still bad blood between the teams following the whole LeBron decision back in 2010.
As mentioned the Cavaliers number 1 priority might be a bluechip young talent but they also want a large package attached, one that rivals what the Denver Nuggets received for Carmelo Anthony in 2011. In that deal, the Knicks put together a 2014 first-round pick and 2016 first-round swap rights along with Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton and Timofey Mozgov in order to get Melo to Madison Square Garden.
Currently the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns sit the best in terms of making a deal that rivals the Melo one in 2011. They both have a bunch of intriguing young players and a swag of first round picks in the coming years.