Superstar point guard Kyrie Irving has asked the Cavaliers for a trade because he no longer wishes to play alongside LeBron James.
In a wild NBA off season, more entertaining than the playoffs, the shocks just keep coming. In a story broken by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving asked that management trade him. According to sources, Kyrie prefers New York, Miami, San Antonio, or Minnesota as a trade destination.
“He wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James.”
Sources: In the Kyrie Irving meeting with Cavs, one of primary teams raised as a preferred trade destination for him: The San Antonio Spurs.
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It has been a difficult summer for the Cavaliers, as the Warriors appear to have broken them. LeBron has been vocal in his displeasure with owner Dan Gilbert’s attempts to upgrade the team. Gilbert fired his well-liked general manager David Griffin right before the NBA draft.
The Cavs were also no-shows on the trade front, failing to land Paul George or Gordon Hayward. LeBron is said to have been “blindsided” by the trade news. The Cavs will be feeling the pressure as he is an unrestricted free agent after this upcoming season.
“It’s the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA.”
In interviews last week, Irving said that the Cavs were “in a very peculiar place.” People assumed he meant the uncertainty of LeBron leaving. Now those words take on a whole new meaning.
Of the teams mentioned as preferred trade destinations, San Antonio is the most interesting. The Spurs are consistently good and always in the title hunt. But, Kyrie’s desire to be the focal point of the offense doesn’t mesh with Spurs basketball. The Spurs re-signed Patty Mills, hoping to develop him into a franchise point guard. However, if Irving becomes available, the Spurs would jump at the opportunity.