Kyrie Irving Requests Trade, Doesn't Want to Play with LeBron James Anymore

Taylor Byrd
July 24, 2017

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported Saturday, citing league sources, that Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have actively been recruiting the 25-year-old star to join the Minnesota Timberwolves.

That sound you hear is a massive celebration in Boston, and every other Eastern Conference city.

"Irving had wanted to discuss the trade scenarios with the ownership and management at the end of the NBA Finals, league sources said, but that meeting was hard to set with David Griffin on the way out and with Koby Altman coming into focus as GM in only the past seven to 10 days".

The Cleveland Cavaliers may not keep their "Big Three" playing together in the upcoming season as Kyrie Irving is reportedly asking for a trade.

Irving's agent, Jeff Wechsler, did not specifically confirm a trade request in comments to Cleveland.com.

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Cavs star Irving reportedly requests trade

With that said, the Cavaliers could probably care less where Irving wants to go.

Irving was drafted first overall by the Cavaliers in 2011, appearing and starting in 72 games for the Cavaliers. So the thought of Carmelo Anthony's tenure in NY ending with the arrival of Kyrie Irving seemed unheard of. until now.

This situation would get even more interesting if the trade actually did go through, though. Not only does Anthony have the Cavaliers on his short list, but as ESPN's Chris Haynes reported, the Knicks are on Irving's list of preferred landing spots as well.

It would also enable Irving to take over as a No. 1 scoring option in a major market. But as far as Irving is concerned, he believes that the All-Star point guard knew and believed this. Added to the fact that both Porzingis and Irving are under 30 and have not hit the peaks of their careers, one could only imagine how well these two can mesh. Last season, Anthony averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for the middling Knicks, who created a strained relationship with him after forcing his hand to waive his no-trade clause under Phil Jackson's regime. However as I have been thinking about it, I think it would make flawless sense for him to play for the Knicks.

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