LeBron James may have escalated the drama over a potential Kyrie Irving trade.
Irving requested a trade out of Cleveland during a recent meeting with the Cavaliers front office, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The only reason the press knows about that meeting is due to LeBron James, according to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.
According to my sources, they believe LeBron James had everything to do with news getting out that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, because Kyrie Irving and his representation and others met with the Cavaliers a couple weeks ago, and not a word got out until recently. They believe that LeBron James got word of it and was put off by it and leaked it. I’m not going to accuse LeBron of such a thing. I don’t know that to be true at all. But I know that’s what Kyrie Irving believes.
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Irving is currently on the third year of his five-year, $90 million contract. He helped James and the Cavaliers finished second in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics.The Cavs then defeated the Celtics in the conference finals and made the NBA Finals where they lost in a 4-1 series against the Golden State Warriors.
Irving finished the season with 25.2 points per game, 5.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 35.1 minutes.