Kyrie Irving, De'Aaron Fox Trade Reportedly Doesn't Interest Kings

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) waits for the Washington Wizards to bring the ball upcourt during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland, Saturday, March 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
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The Sacramento Kings may be prioritizing their long-term future over the present by declining to acquire Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.

Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported Sunday the Kings were prepared to offer the Cavs De'Aaron Fox and Kosta Koufos as part of a trade to get Irving. NBC Sports California's James Ham reported, however, that Sacramento remain committed to keeping Fox.  

ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst first reported Friday that Irving wanted out of Cleveland in order to escape LeBron James' shadow and "play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point."

As a result, the four-time All-Star has become the most sought-after talent on the NBA trade market.

While Irving would represent a significant upgrade at point guard for the Kings, the trade would make little sense for Sacramento.

Irving has two more guaranteed years left on his current contract before he can opt out. 

The Kings haven't made the playoffs since 2005-06, which is also the last year they had a winning record. It's difficult envisioning Irving wanting to re-sign with Sacramento when he's in line for a new deal.

Adding Irving with the likelihood he'd only be with the team for two years could work for the Kings if they were closer to contention. Instead, they'd be mortgaging their future in order to possibly sneak into the postseason with one of the lower seeds in the Western Conference, almost certainly culminating with a first- or second-round exit.

The long-term costs for Sacramento would likely far outweigh the short-term benefits, especially if the team would be losing Fox.

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