Nuggets will not trade Jamal Murray, Gary Harris for Kyrie Irving
In late July, the NBA slows down significantly as teams are looking to fill out the remainder of their rosters for the 2017-18 regular season. However, this year was much different as Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers despite three consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
With LeBron James’ future uncertain as he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2018, Irving’s preferred destinations include the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and San Antonio Spurs. Since the four-time All-Star does not have a no-trade clause, the Cavaliers will be looking for the best possible trade.
Armed with numerous prospects, the Denver Nuggets are an intriguing trade partner for the Cavaliers. Unfortunately for them, the Nuggets are not willing to trade Jamal Murray and Gary Harris for Irving according to Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer:
I hear Denver will not give up Murray and Harris in a deal. The point is Denver has some players who could be attractive to the Cavs. It’s possible there could be a three-way deal with Denver and Phoenix.
The Nuggets have quietly rebuilt their team through the draft, led by Nikola Jokic who was the No. 41 overall pick in 2014. After nearly making the postseason for the first time in four years, they signed Paul Millsap to a three-year, $90 million deal.
For the Cavaliers, it will be interesting to see if they ultimately trade Irving prior to the upcoming season. Although the Cavaliers lost to the Golden State Warriors in five games, they remain the best team in the Eastern Conference despite the Boston Celtics signing Gordon Hayward in free agency.