Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland, that much is certain, but the reason behind why he wanted out has been up for debate since it became public in mid-July that the 25-year-old asked for a trade. The picture though is much clearer now. In an extensive interview with ESPN, details came to light that Cleveland attempted to trade Irving mid-June prior to the Cavaliers point guard’s trade request.
From the ESPN interview:
What they didn’t know was Cleveland had explored trading Irving in June, long before he asked out, a fact conveniently omitted when word of his demand leaked. Irving made the decision to remain silent while the details of his request were, in his word, “distorted.”
“They didn’t want me there,” he told ESPN.
Further details of the trade came out as well that former Cavs GM David Griffin reportedly tried to orchestrate a trade with Indiana and Phoenix to get both Paul George and Eric Bledsoe to Cleveland.
The ESPN article stated:
The Suns resisted, unwilling to part with their No. 4 pick, which they planned to use to draft Josh Jackson.
None of the teams made a formal offer, but news of this potential transaction stung Irving, who, sources close to him say, became convinced that LeBron’s camp, which also represents Bledsoe, orchestrated the trade talks.
LeBron James responded to Irving’s statement that the Cavaliers didn’t want him.
“That makes absolutely no sense,” James told reporters.
The Cavaliers (25-12) and Celtics (30-10) face off Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.