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Raptors GM: Toronto called Cavaliers about Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers v Toronto Raptors - Game Four

TORONTO, ON - MAY 07: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball as Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors defends in the first half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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The Raptors don’t have the type of young star the Cavaliers desire for Kyrie Irving.

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.