According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers have received offers from the Spurs, Heat, Knicks, Clippers and Timberwolves for Kyrie Irving. And, per Woj, the Heat are willing to deal point guard Goran Dragic and forward Justise Winslow for Irving.
Additionally, Wojnarowski’s report says new GM Koby Altman is looking for a deal that resembles the return the Nuggets got for Caremelo Anthony in 2011. For reference, acquiring Anthony cost the Knicks Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, a future first-round draft selection, two future second-round draft selections the right to exchange 2016 first-round draft selection, cash considerations sent to Denver, Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph.
But per the report, teams are offering scaled down offers that more resemble what the Bulls got for Jimmy Butler. It also states that the Heat would need to “overwhelm” the Cavs with an offer because of the acrimonious history between the two teams.
This could set the base market value for what the Cavs can hope to get in return. With or without picks, Dragic gives the Cavs a replacement starting point guard and a intriguing young talent. If a team like the Suns, for example, really wants Irving, this theoretically could force them to include Josh Jackson.
Dragic, 31, would be able to step in and replace Irving, although they are different players. He’s not the same isolation scorer Irving is, but would give Cleveland a different type of playmaking from the point guard spot. He’d also make Derrick Rose a backup, which is a good thing. Last year in 73 games, he averaged 21.7 points and 6.2 assists. Dragic also signed through the 2019-20 season, although the last year on his deal is a player option.
Winslow, 21, is the intriguing part of his deal, as it’s hard to know if he meets the Cavs’ definition of blue chip prospect that they reportedly seeking. He’s also coming off a torn labrum that ended his sophomore season after 18 games. Winslow will hit restricted free agent in 2019.
The big question about Winslow is about how good he can actually be. In his one-plus season, he’s shown signs of being a good defender - something the Cavs need. But he’s also not a shooter or an effective offensive player. For his career, he’s shooting 40 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from three.
How much better can he get And, coming off a serious shoulder injury, will he be better next season when the Cavs are trying to win a title? Interestingly, Winslow recently said he’d like to play with Irving. He also recently detailed his recovery and how his game has improved while he’s rehabbed his shoulder.
Will this be the exact offer the Cavs probably take? Probably not. But the market for Irving is starting to take shape.