News broke last week that Kyrie Irving has requested to be traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers, hoping to find a team where he is more of a “focal point.” He apparently also does not want to play with LeBron James anymore.
When the trade request was proposed two weeks ago, it was not intended to be made public at the time. Irving and his camp, according to ESPN’s Stephen A Smith, believe it was LeBron James who leaked the information to the media.
Here is what Smith said, per TotalProSports:
“According to my sources, they believe LeBron James had everything to do with news getting out that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, because Kyrie Irving and his representation and others met with the Cavaliers a couple weeks ago, and not a word got out until recently.”
“They believe that LeBron James got word of it, and was put off by it, and leaked it. I’m not going to accuse LeBron of such a thing, I don’t know that to be true at all, but I know that’s what Kyrie Irving believes. The mere fact that he has that question, says it’s time to move on.”
If given the choice, it has been rumored that Irving supposedly would prefer to play on either The Spurs, Knicks, Timberwolves, or Heat. However, he does not have a no-trade clause in his contract.