Cavaliers reportedly focused on four young stars for Kyrie Irving trade

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a crisis, looking at a future that could be without both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. 

The biggest piece of business on their plate now, though, is sorting through Irving's trade request. Trading a 25-year-old four-time All-Star and player who hit one of the biggest three-pointers in franchise history is no easy task, though.

Cleveland is remaining patient while it sorts through whatever options may be available, and it's sounding like new Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman might be parsing his list down to a handful of players to replace Kyrie with. 

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski published a massive update on how the situation is unfolding in Cleveland, and he singled out four players that the Cavaliers are interested in. The common thread between all of them is that they're young stars the team can build toward the future with. 

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics' lottery pick Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns and Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets are the players the Cavaliers are focused on, according to Wojnarowski

It's an interesting group of players, and any of them could be the centerpiece of a trade that sends Irving out of Cleveland. It's clear the Cavaliers want a player still on his rookie deal with plenty of upside still to discover. 

The trade that would make the most noise out of that group is sending Kyrie to New York for Kristaps, which would be a huge moment for the league. Porzingis is a "primary target," according to Wojnarowski, but the Knicks may be unwilling to part ways with their supremely talented big man. 

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The Cavaliers would have to also be willing to absorb the three years and $55 million owed to Joakim Noah, per Wojnarowski, and even then the Knicks are showing an unwillingness to engage in that discussion as they control damage left behind from Phil Jackson. 

Trading a player of Irving's caliber is always difficult, but the Cavaliers have some leverage despite the widely-reported trade request from Kyrie. He's under contract for at least two seasons, with a player option on Year 3. In recent years, teams and stars have waited until the potential final season together before acknowledging it's time they part ways. 

Cleveland has its priorities set on a young star to build toward the future with. Now, it's a matter of finding the right player that comes with the right package attached before the Cavaliers trade one of the best young players in the league. 

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