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:
Kyrie Irving asked the Cavs to trade him in a meeting last week, sources told ESPN. Story posting on https://t.co/b8H6X39PKb shortly
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 21, 2017
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:
ESPN Sources: On Kyrie Irving front, Cavs were given four preferred landing spots: New York, Miami, San Antonio, Minnesota.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 21, 2017
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.
It appears that an offseason of shakeup in the NBA is not quite over yet.