A blockbuster trade almost went down.
The Cavs reportedly had another Kyrie Irving trade on the table before shipping the All-Star point guard up to Boston.
Phoenix was reportedly “close” to getting a three-team deal done with Cleveland.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Cleveland, Phoenix and Indiana nearly completed a three-team trade that would have changed the landscape of the NBA.
The Cavs were “close” to sending Irving to Phoenix in a three-team trade that also included the Indiana Pacers, multiple sources with knowledge of the deal told The Athletic. Under the proposed trade, Paul George and Eric Bledsoe would come to Cleveland, Irving and Channing Frye were headed to Phoenix and the Pacers would’ve received the No. 4 pick in the draft along with Iman Shumpert and Jared Dudley.
Instead, Kyrie is headed to Boston, while Paul George went to Oklahoma City. The NBA offseason has been a roller coaster, with All-Star players getting shipped to new teams at a rate we’ve never seen before.
Kyrie and Boston open the season against his former team on October 17.