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Report: Bulls, Pacers insisted on Kyrie Irving being included in trades

LeBron James, Paul George

Over the past few days, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been engaged in trade talks for Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler and Indiana Pacers forward Paul George. According to most reports, the Cavs were willing to offer All-Star power forward Kevin Love in a transaction for Butler or George. However, the phone lines have since went dead.

According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio and AmicoHoops.net, Both Chicago and Indiana were more interested in a deal involving Kyrie Irving. The Cavs simply weren’t trying to hear any of that.

Irving, 25, is a four-time NBA All-Star and a player most Cavs fans consider to be the future of their beloved franchise. In his 72 games played during the 2016-17 NBA season, “Uncle Drew,” as Irving is known, averaged 25.2 points (47% field, 40% from downtown), 5.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 35.2 minutes per game.

Saying no to a deal including Irving would seem to be a “no-brainer,” as they say.

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