But if such a deal is going to happen, it will likely not involve Josh Jackson. Where does it stand?
The Cavs would probably prefer a couple of players and a high draft pick for Irving, but at this point a draft pick becomes a player to be named later, and is of no use to the Cavs for the coming season.
The Cavaliers are scrambling to find the right return for Kyrie Irving back in a deal.
That silence might be deafening if the Cavs choose not to honor Irving's trade request, and the potential deteriorating environment that could exist should a grumpy Irving be on the team when the season starts is very real. It might have proved that Leonard was more crucial to the Spurs' success than any singular Warriors player was to their squad, but we're talking about ranking teams, not individual players.
Irving is hoping the Spurs make a move, but it's hard to see the Spurs coming up with the pieces to add Irving.
It seems inevitable that Irving will be traded, and it's hard to gauge what his value is on the market. He has been slow to react to Tony Parker's fast decline, but it doesn't mean he's going to gut his team's depth or future just to land Irving.
Making this even more concerning are the Kyrie Irving rumors. As is always the case, Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics are always one team to keep an eye on when it comes to the star player trade market. After Jackson was sacked, Porzingis was believed to be with the Knicks in the coming season. Unfortunately for the San Antonio Spurs, they just don't have much in the way of those assets to offer the Cavaliers.
Kristaps Porzingis and Kyrie Irving could be on new teams next season if the Cavaliers were to pull off a stunning trade.
Around the National Basketball Association, there's wonder about how long the Knicks will refuse dealing their 7-foot-3, rising star, with Cleveland's Kyrie Irving on the market and the Cavaliers reportedly zeroing in on Porzingis as a target.
The sense in Cleveland is that something is coming to an end.
Then of course there's the whole "Kyrie Irving wants to be traded because he doesn't want to play with LeBron anymore" variable.