If someone wants Kyrie Irving in a trade this offseason, they’re likely going to have to give up the equivalent of what the Knicks gave up for Carmelo Anthony.
According to ESPN , the Cavaliers have received as many as 20 offers from teams interested in trading for the All-Star, but what the Cavs are asking for in return is far more than what teams are willing to give up.
The Cavaliers want a package that resembles the 2011 Denver Nuggets-New York Knicks deal for Carmelo Anthony — young players, win-now veterans and draft picks, league sources said. For new general manager Koby Altman, this is a textbook way to open trade discussions. But for now, most Irving suitors are using the Minnesota Timberwolves-Chicago Bulls trade model for Jimmy Butler, a scaled-down model of Melo’s rich return of assets.
Over his career, Beasley has averaged 12.6 points per game and 4.7 rebounds. He appeared in 81 games as a rookie for the Heat, scoring 13.9 points per game. That increased to 14.8 ppg the following year and an average of 19.2 over the 2010-11 season.
But the Heat traded him to the Timberwolves in 2011 amid off-court issues that continued in Minnesota with a possession citation during a traffic stop for speeding. Beasley has battled substance abuse his entire career, but has been fairly clean off the court since 2014.
After stints with the Timberwolves and Suns, he returned to the Heat in 2013 before joining the Rockets during the 2015-16 season and playing for the Bucks last season. Though the 28-year-old played sparingly for Milwaukee, he was an effective scorer and shot a career-best 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
His new deal, which will be for the veteran’s minimum, will give the Knicks a veteran scorer to mix with their young talent. Signing Beasley could open the door for the Knicks to finally move Carmelo Anthony, though no trade is imminent.