Brian Windhorst, ESPN Senior Writer reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving wants to be traded.
Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the guard has asked the team to trade him.
“Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team,” Irving’s agent Jeff Wechsler told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private.”
James was informed of Irving’s request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said.
ESPN reports that this may be connected to the loss of general manager David Griffin last month whom Irving had a good relationship with and a long standing desire by Irving to have “his own” team.
If Irving is traded, the change has the potential to dramatically shift the power structure in the NBA East. It definitely has implications for LeBron James’ pending free agency next summer.