Kyrie Irving supposedly asked for a trade from the Cavaliers simply subsequent to hearing they talked about trading him.
Be that as it may, perhaps Irving’s concern wasn’t with the Cavs as an association investigating trading him.
Possibly it was with a particular Cav hoping to trade him – LeBron James.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN:
He was convinced and remains convinced – maybe not now, maybe now because he’s so enlightened – that LeBron wanted him gone, that LeBron wanted him traded, that LeBron wanted to bring in his guys. And that’s when he decided to go. It wasn’t that Gilbert was maybe going to trade him. The fact that he thought LeBron wanted him moved on. And now LeBron denies that that was ever the case. I asked him myself.
LeBron apparently proposed Cleveland trade Irving for Damian Lillard, yet that was as far as anyone knows subsequent to Irving’s trade request. Apparently, LeBron advised the Cavaliers not to trade Irving.
All things considered, maybe that was simply because Irving’s trade request had turned out to be public, undermining the Cavs’ influence. All through that saga, LeBron absolutely didn’t go about as though he were put resources into Irving remaining.
To what extent had this been building? Irving supposedly considered asking for a trade 2016, a year prior to he really he did. Did Irving accept for a considerable length of time LeBron needed him gone?
Truly, there are two key inquiries here: Did LeBron need Irving traded? Did Irving trust LeBron needed him traded. Both made a difference. Regardless of whether LeBron never needed Irving traded however Irving accepted something else, that recognition clearly drove Irving’s way out from Cleveland.
Both Irving and LeBron have made significant strides in diffusing strain between them. Extremely, this story demonstrates exactly how far they needed to come to get that going.