Report: Cavaliers REJECTED George-for-Irving Trade Multiple Times
Just when you think you know what’s going on with Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers, a new report comes along and mixes things up.
When ESPN reporters Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, and Brian Windhorst broke the news about Irving requesting a trade, they said he was tired of being in LeBron’s shadow both on and off the court. They also said Irving was upset that he was included in some of the proposed trade packages for Paul George.
The wording of the initial report made it sound like the Cavs were the ones throwing Irving’s name out there in trade negotiations. However, a new report from Windhorst contradicts that interpretation.
Speaking to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, Windhorst said the Cavs only offered power forward Kevin Love for Paul George. The Pacers wanted Irving and made multiple offers involving Irving. However, the Cavs rejected them all.
Eventually the Cavs got the Pacers and Nuggets to tentatively agree on a three-way trade involving Paul George and Kevin Love. But Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard backed out because he wanted Irving.
This new report makes Kyrie Irving’s motivations a lot less clear. You could understand why he would be upset if the Cavs tried to trade him for Paul George. That would have been a pretty stupid trade. George’s skillset overlaps with LeBron’s, and the Cavs would have lost one the best point guards in basketball—someone who is very nearly irreplaceable.
However, this new report suggests that’s not what the Cavs were trying to do. They wanted to offload Love, add George, and keep Irving. So why the hell was Irving mad? Because the Cavs didn’t tell him his name came up in trade talks? Why should they tell him if they knew they would never trade him?
It’s sounding more and more like this is all about the Cavaliers’ inability to placate Kyrie’s fragile ego.
Hat Tip – [theScore]