Report: Clippers contacted Cavs about Irving, but lack trade assets

Report: Clippers contacted Cavs about Irving, but lack trade assets

Count the Los Angeles Clippers out of the Kyrie Irving sweepstakes.

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.

Instead, L.A. will rely on Serbian sensation Milos TeodosicPatrick Beverley, and Austin Rivers to run the point.

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.



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