A possible Kyrie Irving deal remains the Cleveland Cavaliers’ most pressing matter. Even the Toronto Raptors — a team with no real chance of landing Kyrie — is making calls.
"We all do our due diligence," Raptors GM Bobby Wager said in an interview with TSN 1050's Michael Landsberg and Matt Cauz (as transcribed by TheScore's John Chick). "Things don't always make sense, but if they do, we're always prepared. ... A lot of talk that we do ... doesn't really see the light of day. ... When a player like that becomes available, you'd be remiss not to call.”
Toronto doesn’t make a ton of sense for a deal because there isn’t an obvious deal to make. The Raptors re-signed Kyle Lowry to a three-year, $100 million deal this summer, so he cannot currently be traded. And something centered around an Irving-DeMar DeRozan swap wouldn’t really make sense for either team.
And as the Cavs are seeking young stars, the Raptors don’t really have any to offer. The likes of Bruno Caboclo, Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl and OG Anunoby are all fine. But they are not franchise cornerstones in the way Kristaps Porzingis is and Josh Jackson might be.
What this information tells is simple: teams are interested in Kyrie. What’s still unclear is exactly how high his value is with teams that actually have the assets the Cavs want in return.