Well, this summer hasn’t gone as planned for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The front office situation has been a mess and there has been a significant amount of noise surrounding the future of LeBron James with the team.
Now it turns out that James is not the only Cavs star that may not want to be in Cleveland. According to a report from Brian Windhorst, Kyrie Irving requested a trade last week as a result of his role with the team.
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and 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.
"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'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. Other members of the team have learned of Irving's intentions in recent days as well.
This is clearly a devastating blow to the team in a summer of disappointing events. It’s unclear what type of package the team would be willing to part with Irving for, with two guaranteed years left on his contract.
Playing in the shadow of James can’t be easy, especially when he gets credit for the personal and team success of everyone surrounding him. Still, you would think that the opportunity to win and possibly take the team over in the future would be enough. That no longer appears to be the case.