Report: Kyrie Irving believes LeBron James leaked trade request
That all remained under wraps for a couple weeks.
Why did it become public now?
Stephen A. Smith on ESPN:
To reemphasize, Smith is not reporting that LeBron leaked Irving’s trade request, just that Irving believes LeBron did. That alone speaks to their disconnect.
Why would LeBron leak it?
Just speculating, but maybe to ruin Irving’s chance at a smooth exit. Irving is trying to bail on LeBron, and LeBron might take that personally. Leaking the trade request would be in character for LeBron as a passive-aggressive response.
But the trade request becoming public also hinders Irving’s trade value – which hurts LeBron’s team. However, people don’t always act logically when they’re upset. And maybe the Cavs won’t be LeBron’s team long enough for it to matter.
Again, though, nobody is reporting LeBron actually leaked it. Irving’s reported accusation means enough in itself.