In the end, Cleveland could not find a better deal for Kyrie Irving than Boston’s offer of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick — and that 2020 Miami second-rounder added at the last minute. Irving’s shocking July 7 trade request put Cleveland in an impossible position: find a return that satisfied both LeBron James’ unrelenting mandate to win now and Cleveland’s organizational mandate to fortify itself for his potential departure in free agency next summer. The Cavs, of course, wanted everything: veterans to help James, and a blue-chip prospect to guide the post-LeBron era. But sometimes when teams try to harvest every sort of asset at once, they end up with a B-minus version of each type — and no A-plus. Those packages destroy franchises in the long run. The Cavs’ revamped front office, under new general manager Koby Altman, understood that from the…

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