The hottest topic of the week has been a possible landing spot for disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, after it was reported Friday by ESPN that he has asked the team to trade him.
Irving has said that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Among several possibilities discussed in Irving's meeting with the Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs were raised as a preferred destination, league sources told ESPN. Irving said he'd also be willing to join the New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves, league sources said.
But another scenario was raised on Thursday's edition of "First Take," during which ESPN senior writer Pablo Torre said he'd heard that James himself reached out to the Phoenix Suns to inquire whether first-round draft pick Josh Jackson would be available in a deal for Irving.
James Jones, a longtime teammate and friend of James, was named the Suns' vice president of basketball operations last week. But a source denied that the Cavaliers star reached out to the Suns about Jackson.