The Clippers did their due diligence in reaching out to the Cleveland Cavaliersabout a potential trade for their starting point guard, but learned they don’t have the assets necessary to acquire him, a source told the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner.
The Cavs have reportedly been fielding offers for Irving after he asked to be dealt, and informed L.A. they’re looking for a package that includes a veteran starter, a young player on a rookie contract, and draft picks in exchange for the four-time All-Star, according to Turner.
That’s more than the Clippers have to offer, even if they bring in a third team, so they can kiss goodbye their dreams of bringing in Irving to replace Chris Paul, who was moved to the Houston Rockets earlier this offseason in a sign-and-trade.
That leaves about 19 other teams gunning for Irving’s services.
The Olympic gold medalist is only 25 years old and has two guaranteed years remaining on his contract worth about $39 million. He averaged a career-high 25.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the field and 40.1 percent from deep last season.