Kyrie Irving Reportedly Wants to be Traded from the Cavs
By Brandon Simmons
There’s a superstar Cleveland Cavalier heading out of town and they are not named Lebron James. Acoording to ESPN, Cavalier point guard Kyrie Irving has requested a trade to have a larger role on a team. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst writes that this was a request made as early as last week:
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Clearly, this has been a huge surprise for the offseason and very pleasant to the ears of a teams who have not made much noise in free agency. Various sources are putting names out there such as the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks and Miami Heat as possible destinations for Irving. But with all this speculation, and possibly more to come, Irving’s agent tells ESPN that people might be jumping the gun a little bit.
“Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team,” he explained. “The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private.”
Before Lebron James came back home, Irving was becoming the face of the Cavs. The Cavaliers selected him number one overall pick in 2011 and he has earned every bit of hype surrounding him. James, a number one overall pick with the Cavs in 2003, returned to Cleveland in 2014 after playing 4 years with the Miami Heat and soon returned as the reigning player of the team. He led them to 3 straight Finals and a NBA title in 2015-2016. During this time, Irving was still an outstanding player, but possibly perceived as playing the little brother role. It’s time for Kyrie to leave the Cavaliers to go lead his own team and inspire his own little brothers.
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