Kyrie Irving put Cleveland Cavaliers in tough trade spot — Terry Pluto’s Talkin’ (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Talking about the Kyrie Irving trade:

1. Several executives told me that Irving put the Cavaliers in an awful spot by making his trade demand after the draft. For example, if the Cavs had known sooner, they could have sent him to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

2. The Pacers offered George for Irving. Former general manager David Griffin turned it down with the goal of adding George to roster that included LeBron James and Irving. There were some reports Irving was upset about the Indiana trade rumor. Well, it was the Pacers who asked and the Cavs turned it down. The Athletic reported Friday of a three-way deal before the draft falling apart with Irving ending up in Phoenix, but I never heard that. So I don’t know if it was serious.

3. When Griffin — and eventual successor Koby Altman — worked on a three-way deal to land George, it involved Kevin Love and the Denver Nuggets. The Cavs wanted to re-tool their roster with James and Irving as the core, becoming more athletic to compete with the Golden State Warriors.

4. George was eventually traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. It really wasn’t much of a return for the Pacers.

5. The Cavs also were trying to trade with the Chicago Bulls

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