Report: Clippers tried to trade for Kyrie Irving before deadline

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After Kyrie Irving backtracked from his plan to re-sign with the Celtics, other teams tried to trade for the star point guard.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Clippers made a preliminary call to Boston on Irving prior to the Harris trade to Philadelphia, league sources said. A quick no was given.

The trade attempt itself isn’t particularly interesting. Every team, including L.A. and Boston, wants a star like Irving. The Celtics already had him, which is why they could simply keep him. We don’t even know what the Clippers offered.

But this shows the Clippers are interested in Irving. They’ve been most commonly linked to Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, but Irving could be another option for L.A. in free agency.

After trading Tobias Harris, maybe the Clippers even more highly covet forwards like Leonard and Durant. But we should at least consider L.A. as an Irving suitor.

Sometimes, these reports are harbingers.