The juicy, slow mess of breakup between Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers just got a new, cold (shoulder) layer.
While many people would like to go days without uttering a word to or hearing one back from their coworkers, Irving made this dream his reality—in the heat of the NBA playoffs, no less.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the point guard, who’s since requested a trade from the Cavaliers, went days in between the first two rounds of the playoffs without speaking to his Cavaliers teammates.
McMenamin relayed this shocking news during an appearance the BBall Breakdown Podcast, while discussing the likelihood of Irving’s being shipped to the Phoenix Suns, who’ve reportedly made an offer to the Cavs.
The reporter said:
I tweeted this a week or so ago—I’m not sure. Phoenix of course hired James Jones this offseason. James Jones has been inside that locker room. He’s seen Kyrie Irving—I think I reported this on SportsCenter this week—he saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year, in between the first round when they beat Indiana and the second round when they played Toronto, go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice. On that stage! It’s one thing to say people go through their ups and downs in the regular season, but when you get to the playoffs, the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers, and we’re pulling together to get this thing done. Even at that level there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates. I’m not so sure Phoenix would be interested in that type of deal.
The Suns reportedly offered Eric Bledsoe—who shares an agency with LeBron James—youngster Dragan Bender, and a first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Irving, who has two years and another with a player option remaining on his contract.