What Kyrie Irving’s trade request says about LeBron

In this Age of Superteams, Kyrie Irving’s decision to walk away from LeBron James and the Cavaliers is out of tune with the rest of the NBA. Everyone else is mad when they don’t have a superstar teammate, and then they wind up working the levers to land one or to land where one or two are already in place.

Irving already has the best player in the world in LeBron and a very good power forward in Kevin Love. Together, they’ve been to three straight NBA Finals and won a championship. Kyrie was integral in winning that championship — and he earned plenty of recognition along the way and in the aftermath.
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Tyson Barrie Game Jersey Irving met with the Cavaliers two weeks ago and requested a trade, something that was reported last Friday. It appears that Cleveland will honor his request, actively searching the market for teams who are interested in the point guard. However, Billups was surprised by Irving’s desire to leave Cleveland.

You’re getting everything you want, Billups said. You’re getting all the shots you want, you’re playing for a great coach, when the game is on the line they’re coming to you, you’re playing on national TV every week. To me, I don’t get it. Everybody has their own desires. Maybe he wants to be Russell Westbrook and go try to win the MVP and get all the shots. That’s the only thing sense I can make of it and to me that doesn’t make sense.

Billups said concerns about James potentially leaving during next year’s free agency were not a factor in his decision, but it seemed clear the Irving discontent did. Ultimately, it just didn’t feel like it was quite the right time to take such a job, he said.

The Cavaliers officially promoted assistant general manager Coby Altman to the lead spot after he had run the team since former general manager David Griffin resigned days before last month’s NBA draft.

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