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Report: Cavaliers actually nearly traded Kyrie Irving around draft

2017 NBA Finals - Game Two

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 04: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers comes out onto the court for the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers after he heard they discussed trading him on draft night.

Was that just a benign internal conversation Irving read too much into or a real sign Cleveland wasn’t committed to him?

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

The Cavs indeed came close to trading Irving around the draft, but he didn’t have to hear about it when and how he did.

I wonder what that trade would have been. The Cavaliers also nearly traded Kevin Love for Paul George on draft night. Was it one trade or the other? Did Cleveland actually want to trade both LeBron James’ co-stars?

This will be another “what if?” of many in the Irving trade saga.

Remember, though, Irving reportedly considered requesting a trade in 2016 and asked for one before the draft. He might have disliked how the Cavs dangled/discussed him on draft night, but it seems if that weren’t a reason for wanting out, he would’ve found another.