Apparently Kyrie Irving wasn't the only Cavaliers player hoping for a way out of Cleveland, as a new report from ESPN's Dave McMenamin says guard Iman Shumpert also requested a trade this summer.
Read this from McMenamin:
Lost in the attention surrounding Irving’s trade request is that Iman Shumpert also requested a trade after the season, multiple sources told ESPN.
Shumpert asking for a trade is not as big of a deal as Irving doing so, but it reflects an interesting pattern developing in Cleveland. That's two key players in the Cavs' rotation wanting out right after the team made its third straight NBA Finals appearances. It's not often you see that.
Irving ultimately got his wish with a trade to the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN, deals involving Shumpert fell through earlier this offseason with the Timberwolves and Rockets.
Shumpert is a solid wing defender set to make $10 million next year. He's only 27, so there is some trade value there. We'll see if the Cavs can pull off another nice haul like they did with Irving.
The Cavs could very well turn this into a positive like they did with Irving's deal, but good players wanting to leave a good team like this isn't a good look and one has to wonder if it will have an adverse effect on Cleveland this season.
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