Cavs want young asset, veteran starter and draft picks for Kyrie Irving

An ESPN report says the Miami Heat are interested in Kyrie Irving left with fellow point guard Goran Dragic part of the trade proposal made to the Cleveland Cavaliers

Later in the day, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel, Miami took the "rare step of commenting on trade speculation" to publicly deny "that any offer, of any sort, had been made for Irving".

According to the same report, as many as 20 teams have inquired about Irving's availability.

Cleveland can simply ignore Irving's request, hope for a reconciliation and win the East for as long as LeBron stays healthy and under contract.

Trade talks for Kyrie Irving have reached a new high. "We think that Kyrie Irving is one of the best guards in the National Basketball Association".

The report added that the Cavs don't feel hurried to pull the trigger, and would wait for a package that resembles the infamous Carmelo Anthony trade to New York Knicks in 2011. Though Irving could threaten not to re-sign with other teams, he still has three years left on his current deal.

Irving requesting a trade is a strong indication that the glory days of the Cavaliers may be behind them, and there is no doubting that the Eastern Conference appears to be the most wide open since James started his string of unprecedented dominance.

Irving, 25, has been with the Cavaliers since they made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

A month removed from the NBA Finals, the Cavs have changed GMs and could be on the verge of trading their All-Star point guard.

While it would seem that the Cavaliers are asking for too much, the Phoenix Suns would most likely be better off after this trade [VIDEO]. With the draft's top pick, Cleveland selects Irving, who average 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in 11 games at Duke in the lone season of his college career. He is a fantastic player, but his health is a big issue. They would certainly want an established player to help make sure James knows that they will put everything into winning right now. One team that sticks out: the Phoenix Suns. This provision, installed in the just-started collective bargaining agreement, was meant to deter star players from leaving their teams as they came up on their third contract.

Getting shooting guard Ellington essentially flips Shumpert for an older, but a cheaper player with only one year at $6.2 million and a capable three-point shooter at a 37.8 percent clip.

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