All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him in a meeting earlier this week, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Irving, according to ESPN, no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James and wants to be in a situation where he can be the focal point of the team.
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 All-Star guard and his agent had a meeting with Cavaliers’ brass on his future with team and wouldn't comment on what was discussed, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Kyrie Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, tells ESPN that they had meeting w/ Cavs on Irving's future with team and wouldn't comment on contents. https://t.co/ix0bQrD5TJ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 21, 2017
Reports of Irving’s trade request come on the heels of his public comments regarding Cleveland being in a “peculiar place” this offseason. The Cavaliers have yet to hire a new general manager after David Griffin’s departure, and owner Dan Gilbert reportedly lowballed Chauncey Billups with an offer well below market value to be the team’s president of basketball operations.
The Cavaliers have been to three consecutive NBA Finals, winning the franchise’s lone championship in 2016. But after losing decisively to the Warriors last season, Cleveland failed to meaningfully upgrade the roster.
The Cavaliers signed Jeff Green, Jose Calderon and Turkish forward Cedi Osman in free agency while re-signing Kyle Korver. Meanwhile, the Warriors re-signed each of their core players and added Nick Young and rookie Jordan Bell this offseason. The Boston Celtics signed Gordon Hayward in free agency, and the Houston Rockets added Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, Tarik Black and Luc Mbah a Moute.