After being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and playing 6 consecutive seasons with the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving has reportedly made a request to owner Dan Gilbert, asking for a trade.
Kyrie Irving did not shy away from expressing his feelings. He reportedly no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. Rather, Irving prefers to play for a team where he can be more of a focal point.
Kyrie Irving during last month’s NBA Finals on playing alongside LeBron:
“Having just a tremendously great player like that come to your team, and you see yourself being one of those great players eventually and then he ends up joining it, and then now you have to almost take a step back and observe. Finding that balance is one of the toughest things to do because you have so much belief and confidence in yourself. … Selfishly, I always wanted to just show everyone in the whole entire world exactly who I was every single time.”
Kyrie expressed his difficulties in playing alongside LeBron James. LeBron is the best player in the NBA. Having him join your team means that he is now the leader, which means that Kyrie has to take a step back.
With LeBron being the leader, the ball isn’t always in Kyrie’s hands anymore. Irving wants to control the ball and make plays every time down the floor, and playing alongside James keeps him from doing so.
When James was informed about Kyrie’s request to be traded out of Cleveland, James was reportedly “blindsided and disappointed.”
When Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, was asked to confirm or deny whether Irving has requested for a trade, Wechsler refused, stating:
“Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team. The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private.”
While meeting with the Cavs, Irving highlighted his desire to play for the Spurs. It’s a perfect match. With Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Pau Gasol all in the lineup, the only weapon the Spurs are missing is a filthy playmaker.
San Antonio needs a point guard who can control the ball and make plays for these stars, and Kyrie Irving is the man. With his insane ball handling skills and quick footwork, Kyrie Irving can easily force a double team and create plays for his team.
Not only that, but Irving can also make plays for himself, as he is one of the best in the league at finishing at the hole. In addition, Kyrie is a threat from beyond the arc, as he shot 40.1 percent from three last season.
Other teams Irving reportedly stated that he is willing to join are the Knicks, Timberwolves, and Heat.