All of a sudden, Kyrie Irving becomes the hottest commodity this offseason following his (leaked!) request to be traded out of the Cleveland Cavaliers. As we all now know, the 25-year old point guard who makes up one-third of the Cavs’ Big Three, no longer wants to play behind the shadows of LeBron James.

As earlier reported, the Cavaliers front office received 20 inquiries; six of them laid out serious offers: Clippers, Heat, Knicks, Spurs, Suns, and Timberwolves.

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Of these six, Kyrie is said to be interested in playing in New York, in Miami or in Minnesota. The problem is, either the Cavs are asking too much in return, or interested parties’ offers are way below expectations.

Closest to reality, likely destination

Among the six teams who wanted to get Kyrie Irving, the Phoenix Suns’ offer is closest to becoming a reality. For sure, the Suns wouldn’t include Devin Booker on the table -- he's too valuable of an asset just to be given away.

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The plan is to have Kyrie and Devin as the Phoenix Suns’ backbone in rebuilding the franchise.

This is why the Suns front office is reportedly willing to include Eric Bledsoe in the trade deal, the team’s second-highest scorer behind Devin. However, the Cavs front office has shown little interest in the package if the Suns won’t include rookie Josh Jackson.

Based on RealGM Trade Checker (Trade ID #6931738), this three-player swap satisfies the provisions of the CBA.

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But is the Phoenix Suns willing to let go of their prized rookie? If the Suns can pull off a two-player trade, it would be very interesting to see Kyrie, Devin, Josh, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss on the floor.

No homecoming for Andrew Wiggins

Incidentally, one of the teams who wanted Kyrie is the Minnesota Timberwolves. The feeling is mutual as Minnesota is included in his wish list. The problem, they have nothing to give the Cavaliers, unless they settle for Gorgui Dieng which is not likely to happen.

In addition, the Timberwolves surely won’t give Karl-Anthony Towns nor Andrew Wiggins, the Cavaliers’ 2014 overall No. 1 draft pick who was included in the trade that brings Kevin Love in Cleveland. Plus, neither one satisfies the trade in terms of salary. And certainly not both of them just to satisfy the CBA’s provision.

The Timberwolves is on a mission that is why they traded for Jimmy Butler, signed All-star point guard Jeff Teague and three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford.

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If only the Timberwolves can get the Cavs’ four-time All-Star point guard without touching the names of these five players, then Minnesota fans’ dreams might come to fruition.

Unlikely to happen in the Big Apple

Some basketball experts say the proximity of Kyrie’s hometown to New York has something to do with him wanting to play for the Knicks. If so, then why playing for the New Jersey Nets did not interest him, asked the others?

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While a few basketball analysts suggested a Kyrie Irving-for-Carmelo Anthony trade, this wouldn’t happen. Not if Carmelo is also 25-years old today. Melo is now 33, eight years older than Kyrie and has a player option next year. All other reasons are self-explanatory.

Certainly not Kristaps Porzingis -- he is the present and the future of the Knicks and all rebuilding plans will revolve around him. Plus, if Knicks GM Scott Perry can only pull off a trade not involving Kristaps, then Madison Square Garden must prepare for a longer season.

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