It’s a Friday and that’s usually where news is released in order to have it buried. This news from the NBA involving Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers will fester for a very long time, however. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Kyrie Irving is seeking a larger role and a spotlight of his own. Kyrie has reportedly requested that the Cleveland Cavaliers trade him.
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, would not confirm or deny whether Irving asked for a trade.
LeBron James is being described as “blindsided and disappointed” according to further reporting by Brian Windhorst. So add James to the list of people who share in those feelings right now, should these reports be true.
Obviously, we’ll wait to see what comes of this over the weeks and days to come. These things have a tendency to grow and change over time as light is shined on them. It’s always possible that a trade was discussed in these meetings as well as any number of other topics. Was this truly the main takeaway from the meeting? For now it seems likely that the trade was the prevailing topic of conversation and was actually requested formally and firmly. That’s not what any Cavaliers fan wants to hear, to be sure.
Regardless, it feels awful right now for a Cavaliers fanbase that’s still feeling a Finals loss to the Warriors and seemingly choking on negative and uncertain news every week since, including, but not limited to the departure of Cavaliers’ GM David Griffin.
As always, stay tuned… We’ll continue to update this post.
Oh, and Woj is saying Kyrie might be targeting a trade to the San Antonio Spurs.
Sources: In the Kyrie Irving meeting with Cavs, one of primary teams raised as a preferred trade destination for him: The San Antonio Spurs.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 21, 2017
ESPN Sources: On Kyrie Irving front, Cavs were given four preferred landing spots: New York, Miami, San Antonio, Minnesota.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 21, 2017
Let the speculation run rampant, as most are want to do, but anything further than what has been reported is just rumors. As more news comes forth, we at WFNY will update this post.