Kyrie Irving Reportedly Requests Trade From Cavs, Seeks Bigger Role

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Kyrie Irving Reportedly Requests Trade From Cavs, Seeks Bigger Role

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers were on top of the basketball world just one year ago, they’re now facing rock bottom with reports that Kyrie Irving is seeking a trade from Cleveland to play in a more primary role. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst first reported Irving’s wish:

The news came as a shock to the NBA world. Although there were rumblings that superstar LeBron James was unhappy with the Cavs’ offseason, they felt relatively toothless. Irving, on the other hand, must be seriously displeased. To request a trade from the league’s second best team is puzzling. To not want to play with the best player in the world and, by all reports, a consummate professional and great teammate, is downright mystifying.

This likely has much to do with the Cavs’ parting with general manager David Griffin and their lack of impactful additions to a roster that could only steal one game from the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Irving has given the Cavs a listed of teams he’d prefer to land with:

Not that it matters — Irving does not have a no-trade clause, and he has little leverage in the way of dictating where he lands. The Cavaliers could even decide not to trade him, which could have interesting locker room implications.

Windhorst also reported that LeBron was “blindsided and disappointed” by the news.

It appears that an offseason of shakeup in the NBA is not quite over yet.

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