Kyrie Irving Demands A Trade; Cleveland Cavs Are Falling Apart

Kyrie Irving Demands A Trade; Cleveland Cavs Are Falling Apart

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.

Irving apparently contacted Dan Gilbert, the team’s owner, directly a week ago. Chris Haynes says Kyrie’s expressed interest in playing the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explained, the Cavs options are limited:

“[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.”

TNT Analyst David Aldridge is claiming that Irving wants to get out from underneath Lebron’s shadow. James was reportedly “blindsided and disappointed” when he found out about the request.

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, 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.

Irving, the team’s star point guard, is only 25 so he still probably has a lot of good years ahead of him on the court. Of course, no matter where Kyrie Irving ends up, there one thing teams need to know is this: DUDE BELIEVES THE EARTH IS FLAT!
…Seriously. Kyrie Irving is a “flat earth” truther.
So, whatever team ends up with Kyrie… Good luck with that.