The Suns have what the Cavaliers would want as a return in a trade involving Irving and Cleveland is holding out hope that Phoenix will eventually cave and meet their demands.
If those demands include the likes of Devin Booker, Cleveland won’t be getting what they want.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Suns have informed Devin Booker they will not trade him:
“Among the scenarios under consideration, LeBron James worked out with a number of stars in Las Vegas this past week, among them Eric Bledsoe, the Phoenix Suns guard who’s been linked to numerous rumors as a possible target in a trade for Irving.
The Suns also own Miami’s first-round pick, which is partially protected in 2018. That’d be the second box checked.
Cleveland also wants Josh Jackson, a 6-8 rookie drafted fourth overall by the Suns in June. Phoenix reportedly doesn’t want to trade Jackson, and a source said the Suns told Devin Booker he would not be traded — which would seem to put a serious hamper in this potential trade.”
The Suns are also not planning to trade rookie Josh Jackson, a player heavily mentioned as the most desirable trade piece in any Irving trade.
According to a report from John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, and later confirmed by ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Suns will not include Josh Jackson in any Kyrie Irving trade and have informed Jackson of their commitment to him.
The Suns still have one of the most appealing packages to offer the Cavaliers, and it has been widely reported that they were one of a handful of teams to formally submit a trade offer for Irving.
That offer won’t be involving Booker or Jackson though.