It was reported last week that Cleveland’s star point guard Kyrie Irving asked Dan Gilbert to be traded away from the Cavaliers.
Irving was the 1st-overall pick in 2011 to the Cavs. In his six seasons, he was named an All-Star four times. Kyrie Irving has emerged as one of the top scorers and finishers in the NBA. Now, his time in Cleveland has seemingly come to an end. After 3 straight finals appearances and one ring, Kyrie wants a bigger role.
The trade request was reportedly made last week to the Cavs owner. Irving made it clear that he did not want to play alongside LeBron James anymore. A few teams were brought up as preferred destinations for Irving: the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. All of these teams besides the Heat have star players that Irving would still be second too.
This development is nothing short of terrible news for Cleveland basketball fans. This off season was already disappointing for the Cavs by not acquiring Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or Carmelo Anthony. Now, the Cavs will likely lose a star as well. Reports say the LeBron was shocked and disappointed by this news, but I think it is naive to think that he was not already aware of this developing situation. After Kyrie Leaves, LeBron will not have much of a reason to stay in Cleveland. It’s likely by 2019 the Cavs will have a completely new set of players. Their only hope for the future is to get as much talent as possible with the current assets they have.