REPORT: Kyrie Irving Told Cavs Before Draft He Wants To Play With Jimmy Butler
It’s all staring to make sense.
With the whole Kyrie Irving trade request saga sweeping the sports world over the past 24 hours, many people are left wondering exactly what the heck is going on. And now, we’ve been given the latest piece in this complicated puzzle.
According to TNT’s David Aldridge, it is believed that Irving first requested to be traded to the Chicago Bulls before the trade deadline, in hopes of teaming up with former Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler.
Another league source said that Irving made his initial trade request before last month’s Draft, in hopes of being traded to Chicago and playing with All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler. Just before Griffin and the team decided to part ways, Griffin had been working on a three-team deal that would have brought Butler to the Cavs.
From the sound of it, the Cavs have known for a while that Irving wants out, and their attempt to acquire Jimmy Butler in a trade was also an attempt on their part to keep Kyrie happy.
Of course, Butler was eventually traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who also happen to be on Irving’s shortlist of teams he’d like to be dealt to (along with the Spurs, Knicks and Heat).
Both Butler and T-Wolves center Karl-Anthony Towns have made it quite clear which team they’d like to see Irving join. Via ESPN:
League sources told ESPN that both Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns have been doing their part to recruit Irving on the idea of playing alongside them in Minnesota, and they’ve made it known to Wolves management that they want to add the Cavs star to the mix. Butler and Irving became tight in their time playing for USA Basketball together. Towns’ father, Karl Towns Sr., and Irving’s father, Drederick Irving, are connected through the basketball scene in northern New Jersey, where they both reside.
Will Towns, Butler, and Irving all get their wish?
Stay tuned. This soap opera is far from over.