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Doesn’t matter if you did. You ain’t gettin’ Josh Jackson.

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Kyrie Irving is looking for a new team. Every fan, whether you’re a Negative Nancy or Sensational Sam knows that.

Rumors are rampant after Irving’s unexpected trade request last week. Most reports state that the Cleveland Cavaliers have received six offers for their All-Star point guard. The Spurs, Clippers, Timberwolves, Knicks, Heat, and your Phoenix Suns are said to be in the running for Irving’s services.

This week on ESPN’s First Take, Pablo Torre reported that he was told by a source that Irving’s teammate for the time being, LeBron James, had reached out to the Suns to discuss a trade. Torre stated that James asked about Josh Jackson, in particular. Phoenix selected Jackson with the number four overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft.

A source in the James camp is denying that the Blaze Pizza investor (I eat there like every other week and just learned he owns a piece of it) ever reached out to the Suns. But he is buddies with James Jones. And James Jones did just get a job in Phoenix. So you’re telling me it’s not at least possible during one of their late night best friend chats LeBron said, “What do you think about Josh Jackson?” I guess it doesn’t matter. Jackson’s not available.

That said, could a deal between Phoenix and Cleveland still happen? Or if you’re tired of discussing that, how much of a general manager role should LeBron be playing? I go back and forth on that a lot. Should he be permitted to make management decisions to the extent he does? He’s been very successful to this point, that’s for sure. But it looks like his supervisory style played a role in Irving wanting to get out. That’s a lot to think about on a Friday afternoon. Watch Deadwood. Have a good weekend.