The biggest buzz of the past NBA offseason surrounded Kyrie Irving, then the point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after Irving announced his desire to be traded from the team.
When he asked to be traded, the four-time All-Star expressed interest in being traded to the San Antonio Spurs. At the time, it was unclear just how interested the Spurs were in Irving.
"Really, really" interested, according to a new report.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne shared the "interesting nugget" on Twitter late Wednesday evening, citing her co-worker Adrian Wojnarowski.
As hard as the Spurs reportedly tried to bring in Irving, a deal was not made. Irving was instead traded to the Boston Celtics, who gave the Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas along with other assets, including a highly-coveted first-round pick originally belonging to the Brooklyn Nets.
To top the Celtics' offer, the Spurs likely would have had to part ways with a good portion of the team's core group that made it to last year's Western Conference Finals. The Spurs were eliminated by the eventual-champions Golden State Warriors after San Antonio's superstar small forward Kawhi Leonard was injured in Game 1 of the series.
Trade speculations between the Spurs and the Cavaliers centered around San Antonio sending power forward LaMarcus Aldridge to Cleveland.
Irving has led the Celtics to a 31-10 record this season. The Spurs are sitting at 26-13, having played much of the season without Leonard and starting point guard Tony Parker. While the Spurs have dealt with those injuries, Aldridge has shone for San Antonio, leading the team in points, rebounds, and blocks this season.