The NBA world was stunned late last week when news broke that Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving had demanded a trade.
Coming off a title in 2016 and three-straight NBA Finals appearances, many wondered why Irving was so eager to get away from Cleveland and superstar forward LeBron James.
However, what's done is done and it seems likely now that Irving will be in a new uniform for the 2017-18 season.
But, according to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, LeBron won't be an active player in the team's trade talks for Irving. Windhorst reports that James won't be wearing his general manager hat this summer, instead opting to focus on getting ready physically for the upcoming season:
"As the Cavs consider their options, sources said James has expressed to the team that he is focused on his offseason workout regimen and is planning to report to training camp with the intention of leading his teammates to a fourth consecutive Finals - no matter who those teammates are," Windhorst writes.
LeBron has been criticized in the past for seemingly being too involved in shaping the team's roster. In fact, many thought he was the real GM, not David Griffin, so it makes sense as to why he would want to distance himself from this trade.
Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, is still upset that Irving's request leaked and said he wouldn't comment on Irving's future at this time, but it's hard not to see the writing on the wall with everything that's been said in recent days:
"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," Wechsler told ESPN. "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."
Unless Irving is traded to the Golden State Warriors (which makes absolutely no sense for the Warriors), his best chance of making it to the 2018 Finals would seemingly be in Cleveland. However, it's clear that he no longer wants to be on the Cavaliers, so something has to give.
Irving is reportedly upset that the Cavs were dangling him in trade offers this past season and probably doesn't want to go through that again this winter, so he wants a situation with a little more stability.
Whether Irving is dealt to the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks or somewhere else, though, he may end up regretting his choice to leave a chance to play with LeBron.News Now - Sport News