Feb 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) brings the ball up the court during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Cavaliers 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets Could Have Interest In Kyrie Irving

Earlier this week, Steve Kyler (Basketball Insiders) reported that the Houston Rockets would go “all-in” to acquire Carmelo Anthony.

While the report may be true, I still don’t see the Rockets sending a player like Chandler Parsons to the Big Apple, simply because they don’t have to. We know the Rockets will be involved with any big name player somewhat available, so reports like these are to be taken with a grain of salt. Anthony is just one of several players the Rockets will be interested in, which includes others such as Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, and Deron Williams.

Another point guard the Rockets will look into is Kyrie Irving. The Cavs reportedly don’t believe he is worth the max contract he believes he has earned, and Kyrie himself may not be interested in signing a long term deal to remain a Cavalier.

Irving, 22, is still under contract until 2016, but can sign a max extension as early as this summer. If the Cavaliers choose to go a different path with Irving, Rockets GM Daryl Morey will likely be one of the first callers.

The first overall pick in the 2011 draft, Irving has developed into one of the best point guards in the league and he is still five years away from his prime. The Rockets would almost certainly have to send over a package that would include Chandler Parsons, Terrence Jones, Jeremy Lin, and several draft picks.

Irving leaving the Cavaliers seems like a longshot right now, but things could turn south between the Cavs and Irving at any moment this offseason. Steve Kyler floated the Irving-to-the-Rockets possibility in a Bleacher Report team stream video, and this is likely not the last we hear Kyrie Irving’s name this offseason.

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