How much longer before the Cleveland Cavaliers are just a pile of rubble surrounding their crummy owner?
Amid rumors that the team’s biggest star will walk in a year, the team’s second-biggest star, Kyrie Irving, apparently can’t even wait that long to get out of Cleveland—the point guard requested a trade during a meeting with owner Dan Gilbert last week, according to a report from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Kyrie Irving asked the Cavs to trade him in a meeting last week, sources told ESPN. Story posting on https://t.co/b8H6X39PKb shortly
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 21, 2017
Irving reportedly wants to be the focal point of an offense, not sharing those duties with LeBron James.
During the meeting, he gave the Cavs four preferred destinations.
ESPN Sources: On Kyrie Irving front, Cavs were given four preferred landing spots: New York, Miami, San Antonio, Minnesota.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 21, 2017
The report comes just days after Irving commented on the team’s uncertain future to Sports Illustrated.
“I understand we’re in a very peculiar place,” Irving said. “We just have to, you know, make sure that all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there. It’s the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA. Best to just observe and then see what happens, but obviously there are some things that I’m pretty sure our organization wants to do, and we’ll go from there.”
Two offseasons after winning the 2016 NBA title, each member of Cleveland’s “Big 3” have been at least rumored to be on the move. The team has attempted to include Kevin Love in trade talks, and LeBron James has expressed frustration with the front office on multiple occasions this summer.