Kyrie Irving Wants To Be Traded Out Of Cleveland
The kid with the crazy handles rocked the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame capital when he asked the Cavs’ front office to trade him out of Cleveland.
It is a sad day for Cleveland Cavs fans (and bandwagoners) as, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard Kyrie Irving wants to be traded out of the place formerly known as the “Mistake By The Lake”.
Woj reports that one of the places that he was interested in being traded to were the San Antonio Spurs. The New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves are other possible destinations listed by Irving’s camp. The 25-year-old, four-time NBA All-Star was the #1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers and has been with the team through the good and the bad.
When LeBron James returned to the Cavs after winning two championships with the Miami Heat, Irving ended up going to the NBA Finals three straight years in a row alongside fellow superstar, Kevin Love. After losing 4-1 to the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant, the Cavs have seemingly spontaneously combusted as an organization. David Griffin, the team’s general manager, was unceremoniously let go by own Dan Gilbert, while they then low-balled his replacement, Chauncey Billups, and players such as Jimmy Butler and Jamal Crawford were either turned away or also low-balled.
The team is furiously skidding down the slope, as Irving places the cherry on top with his comment that the Cavs were in a “peculiar place” at the moment. James has said that he was “blindsided and disappointed” by Irving’s request to leave the team. Irving has “vacillated at times” over the past few seasons about playing as a secondary star alongside James. Sure, the Cavs signed Jose Calderon and Jeff Green, might bring Derrick Rose to the team and are rumored to be in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but they have done next-to-nothing to really shake up their core roster.
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The subtext around all of this is the rumored departure of LeBron James, which is looking more and more like a sure thing. If Cleveland is about to lose their greatest player ever it could mean that the rest of the team’s valuable players are trying to find a place to land as well. Kyrie Irving averaged 25.2 points per game, 5.8 assists and shoots 47.3% from the field and 40.1% from three. He is considered one of the top three point guards in the league and if the Cavs lose him, well, you can just say sayonara to the Cavs’ stranglehold on the Eastern Conference.