Wojnarowski added that while the Cavs are hopeful they will be able to re-sign James, they aren't assuming it will happen. Because of that, they are looking to land young assets in a deal for Irving that could give them some building blocks for the future if LeBron walks.
New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, Phoenix Suns wing Josh Jackson and Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray are among the players who would interest the Cavs in an Irving trade, per Wojnarowski.
ESPN's Brian Windhorst first reported last month that Irving requested a trade from Cleveland due to his desire to be a No. 1 guy rather than playing in James' shadow.
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James' future with the Cavs is a hot-button issue that has led to plenty of speculation that he could be heading out west.
Trading Irving for one or multiple young studs is one way to ensure that the team at least has promise even if the face of the franchise decides to move on.