REPORT: LeBron James Won’t Try To Convince Kyrie Irving To Stay
This can be read one of two ways: LeBron James knows Kyrie Irving is stuck in his contract until 2019 and has zero leverage to force a trade, or LeBron simply doesn’t care because he’ll be leaving after next year anyway.
Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers being the top Eastern Conference team for the past three years and producing three straight NBA Finals appearances with one championship, there is something going on behind the scenes that has Kyrie ready to jump ship to another squad.
LeBron was reportedly ‘blindsided and disappointed’ upon learning of Irving’s trade request, but has made it clear to management that he won’t be intervening to try and convince Kyrie to stay, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
“LeBron James intends to let the Cleveland Cavaliers front office and owner Dan Gilbert take the lead in dealing with Kyrie Irving’s trade demands, sources told ESPN.As the Cavs consider their options, sources said James has expressed to the team that he is focused on his offseason workout regimen and is planning to report to training camp with the intention of leading his teammates to a fourth consecutive Finals — no matter who those teammates are.This follows the pattern James has taken with the Cavaliers in recent years. He is always kept aware of the franchise’s moves and sometimes will reach out to potential new players to discuss the team but hasn’t wanted to be a leader in those decisions.”