Kyrie Irving has officially demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. While many people have speculated that the team was beginning to fall apart after they fired GM David Griffin, this is one of the first major indicators that it’s really happening.
“[They] have three choices: Reject Irving’s plea and not trade him as he has two years (plus an option year) left on his contract; find a package of young players and draft picks in exchange for him; or find a deal for veteran players as they deal with the reality that James can be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.”
Of course, it’s possible the Irving was just trying to make his own exit before Lebron got a chance. As originally reported by Serena Winters on LakersNation.com, James’ agent Rich Paul’s been in contact with the LA Lakers recently. Paul seemed quite eager when he texted Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka saying only ‘let’s talk’; and while it’s possible it was related to another client, perception in the press seems to be that Lebron’s ready to leave. Either way, that does not bode well for Cleveland.