But there was only one way to find out for certain what Cleveland wants: Call.
Did Toronto do that after Irving’s trade request?
Raptors general manager Bobby Webster, who’s No. 2 to president Masai Ujiri in the front office, via TSN 1050 Toronto:
Definitely. We all do our due diligence. And things don’t always make sense, but if they do we’re always prepared. And that’s a lot of talk that we do that doesn’t really see the light of day, that happens behind closed doors. So, we’re in touch with all the teams, and obviously when a player like that becomes available, you’d be remiss not to call.
I’d be surprised if any team didn’t at least inquire on Irving. He’s the type of young star who’s rarely available.
What separates the Raptors is their on-the-record admission of contacting Cleveland. I definitely prefer that to the teams that make similarly basic inquiries that go nowhere then anonymously leak it, creating an inaccurate sense of proactivity among fans.