Will the Cavaliers honor Kyrie Irving's request?
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jul 25, 2017,
Jul 25, 2017, 11:34
The Cavaliers had a +8.4 net rating when LeBron James was playing last season, and were 17.1 points per 100 possessions better with him than without him. Irving has grown exhausted of playing off the ball while James runs the offence. Exhausted of having another superstar - even one of the best players of all time - in control of his fate.
The Cavaliers have posted a 4-13 record when Irving plays and James does not over the past three seasons. Yes, he was appreciative.
Cavalier fans have questioned this alleged move by Irving late in the trade season, where he could be sabotaging his chances at a finals appearance by parting ways with LeBron James. "He wanted to be the centerpiece of a team, as he thought he was going to be three years ago, when he signed a five-year extension 11 days before James chose to come home".
There were additional, less basketball-centric issues, too, such as members of James' inner circle having positions with the team.
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But Irving could end up remaining with the Cavs and still become the leading star, as there are also reports that James has grown unsettled at Cleveland this summer. However, the Jimmy Butler and Paul George trades, which fetched very little, have to be in the minds of the Cavs' front office. According to ESPN, Irving was included in some of the discussed packages, which upset Irving.
The drama over Kyrie Irving's trade request has consumed both the Cavaliers organization as well as the entire National Basketball Association.
The Cavs would reportedly offer Rose a one-year, minimum contract of $2.1 million.
The relationship between the Cavs and Kyrie Irving is deteriorating - quickly.
According to Windhorst, Irving wants to play in a situation where he can be more of a focal point. They would like to get multiple veteran players and a younger player with big potential in addition to draft picks. And before James returned to Cleveland in the summer of 2014, the Cavaliers recorded a 78-152 record over the first three seasons of Irving's National Basketball Association career.