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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stan Van Gundy says Pistons have spoken with Cavs about Kyrie Irving

Here’s what we know: Kyrie Irving wants to be traded from Cleveland. The 25-year-old point guard is tired of living in LeBron James’ shadow. Irving reportedly gave the Cavaliers a list of four teams that he’d be willing to be dealt to: San Antonio, Miami, Minnesota, and New York.

Notice that there were 26 NBA teams not included on that list. That will not, however, stop the other teams from trying to make a move for Irving, one of the best young players in the league.

The Pistons are one of those outside teams hoping to jockey into contention for Irving (though their efforts may prove futile). Team president Stan Van Gundy told the team website earlier this week “the Pistons have had some level of conversation with the Cavs.”

So, could this deal happen? Probably not. But hypothetically, what could Detroit put on the table?

The first big piece: Andre Drummond, the 23-year-old big man who’s a rebounding machine but can’t hit free throws. Detroit would likely have to stack some good pieces (maybe even the recently acquired Avery Bradley) on top of that, in addition to draft picks.

ESPN.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski last month reported that “there were approximately 20 teams” that had inquired about Irving.

For now, Cleveland seems content to sit and wait. With a player of Irving’s caliber on the line, new General Manager Koby Altman and the Cavs won’t rush to make a move.

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