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Should the Suns trade for Kyrie Irving?

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It sounds like they could have him, but the price is pretty steep.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Four
Kyrie in the Finals. The Suns haven’t been there since 1993.
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Should the Suns trade for Kyrie Irving?

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  • 14%
    Yes, even if it means including Jackson.
    (360 votes)
  • 58%
    Yes, but only if the Suns can make it work without including Jackson.
    (1485 votes)
  • 27%
    No, Irving isn’t the right fit. The Suns need to let their current core develop.
    (686 votes)
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So is it time to abandon #TheTimeline?

According to John Gambadoro, who often has inside information on situations such as this, Kyrie Irving could be a Sun if Phoenix wants him bad enough.

Irving averaged a career high 25.2 points per game last season while shooting over 40% from three point range and 90% from the free throw line.

He is widely regarded as one of the very best offensive players in the league. He is 25 years old and has two years (and a third year player option) left on his current contract.

Unfortunately, many feel that Irving is a below average defender. There are also questions about whether he would entertain staying with the Suns after his current contract ends and what his request to leave Cleveland says about his competitive nature...

Why leave LeBron/Cleveland and another likely run to the NBA Finals in a weak Eastern Conference? Isn’t competing for championships what this is all about?

Of course, LeBron’s future in Cleveland is hazy at best. Maybe Kyrie just doesn’t want to be left holding the bag. If Irving isn’t planning on staying in Cleveland long term it’s probably actually better for the Cavs to get something good for him now. LeBron has had no problem picking and choosing his situation and leaving teams, and even friends, behind (although in free agency as opposed to requesting a trade).

Maybe Irving is just LeBroning LeBron.

So is Irving the type of player who can take the next step by stepping out of LeBron’s shadow?

James Harden wasn’t an MVP candidate playing a lesser role with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He needed his own situation... his own team.

Or will Irving just be a facsimile of Carmelo Anthony? A dominant offensive weapon that ultimately never fosters a championship environment.

Bledsoe is ultimately expendable. His age distances him from the rest of the Suns young core. He is a very good, but not great player.

The future pick, which I’m guessing would at least carry some level of protection if it’s the Suns own, probably isn’t a sticking point, either.

The fulcrum of this deal would be Josh Jackson. He is widely regarded as the second best asset on the Suns roster (behind Booker).

If Jackson is going to be an All-Star, then trading him is a bad idea. Right now the Suns basically control him for seven years (nobody turns down the first max extension).

If Jackson isn’t going to be an All-Star, then this trade would be great value for Phoenix.

The problem is that nobody knows.

Keeping Jackson is the safe play and fits the long game approach Phoenix has professed fidelity to.

Kyrie is the gamble. Irving leaving in two years while Jackson develops into an All-Star could be a huge what if...

But pairing Irving with Devin Booker could give the Suns two stars. That puts them a lot closer to the three stars that seems to be the goal for teams looking to compete in today’s NBA. Then Phoenix has two years to recruit the third. Irving and Booker might just be able to help pull that off.

Either way, the Suns will know what they have moving forward with 25 year old Irving than they do with 20 year old Josh Jackson. This move accelerates #TheTimeline... one way or another.

So what do you think, Suns fans?

Deal, or no deal?