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Kyrie deal would 'be done by now' if Suns offered Bledsoe, Jackson, pick

Kyrie deal would 'be done by now' if Suns offered Bledsoe, Jackson, pick
Published On: Sun, Jul 30
Apr 24, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) dribbles by Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during the fourth quarter in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Cavs win 100-98. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The word is out around the NBA. The Cavaliers want a veteran starter, a blue chipper on a rookie contract, and a first-round pick for Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs are working diligently to make Irving happy (he wants to be traded) and get what they want for him in return. They've been in contact consistently with Irving's camp as they field calls and offers from interested suitors, trying to cultivate an offer that makes sense.

Among the scenarios under consideration, LeBron James worked out with a number of stars in Las Vegas this past week, among them Eric Bledsoe, the Phoenix Suns guard who's been linked to numerous rumors as a possible target in a trade for Irving.

Bledsoe is 27, never been an All-Star, and has endured three knee surgeries. But he is coming off the best of his seven seasons, averaging 21.1 points and 6.3 assists for the Suns and is a better defender than Irving (who has superior ball skills).

It's easy to brush off James' workouts with Bledsoe -- Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul were also there and James and Bledsoe share an agent -- but Bledsoe would fit one of the Cavs' requirements.

The Suns also own Miami's first-round pick, which is partially protected in 2018. That'd be the second box checked.

Cleveland also wants Josh Jackson, a 6-8 rookie drafted fourth overall by the Suns in June. Phoenix reportedly doesn't want to trade Jackson, and a source said the Suns told Devin Booker he would not be traded -- which would seem to put a serious hamper in this potential trade.

"If that deal (Bledsoe, Miami first rounder and Jackson) for Irving was there, it'd be done by now," a league source with knowledge of the Cavs' thinking told cleveland.com.

The deal would be agreed to, perhaps, but not officially done. As a rookie, Jackson cannot be traded for 30 days after signing his contract -- which he put his name to on July 3. That means the Suns couldn't deal Jackson to anyone until later this week.

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