A league that thought it couldn’t be surprised any more this summer was stunned Friday afternoon with the disclosure that four-time All-Star guard Kyrie Irving has asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him — a request whose potential ramifications are staggering.
The reason, according to multiple sources, is that Irving no longer wants a secondary role playing alongside LeBron James and wants an opportunity to play for a team where he is its focal point — something obviously impossible on any team with James on it. The 25-year-old Irving was second on the Cavs to James in scoring last season, averaging a career-best 25.4 points per game and posting the highest Player Efficiency Rating (23) of his career.
Sources: In the Kyrie Irving meeting with Cavs, one of primary teams raised as a preferred trade destination for him: The San Antonio Spurs.
Irving told Sports Illustrated prior to this shocking news, “We just have to, you know, make sure that all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there. It’s the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA.”
What is LeBron’s thoughts on Irving’s decision?