Kyrie Irving Thought LeBron James Was Going to Back-stab Him

January 4, 2018 at 8:43 am by Terez in Kyrie Irving, Lebron James

ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan has a profile of Kyrie Irving that sheds new light on his departure from Cleveland. Specifically, MacMullan’s story includes a detail about the Cavaliers’ initial attempts to trade Irving, before he asked out. Kyrie felt LeBron’s representatives were behind the trade, and lost all trust for his mentor. So Kyrie took the first step out. This is how communication would help. If LeBron and Kyrie just got on the same page, they’d be playing for another Championship together. Oh well.-TO


In mid-June, shortly before Griffin left, team and league sources confirm, the Cavs explored a three-way deal with Phoenix and Indiana that would have shipped Irving and Frye to the Suns and brought Eric Bledsoe and Paul George to Cleveland. The Suns resisted, unwilling to part with their No. 4 pick, which they planned to use to draft Josh Jackson.

No formal offer was made by any of the teams, but news of this potential transaction stung Irving, who, sources close to him say, became convinced that LeBron’s camp, which also represents Bledsoe, orchestrated the trade talks.

Team and league sources refute that, saying that it was Griffin who initiated the trade talks with Phoenix. Griffin, who is close with Irving, sensed both his unhappiness and his restlessness and was preparing for the possibility that Irving would request a trade. But once Griffin was no longer employed by the team, the conversations stalled. Cleveland then engaged in talks with Indiana and Denver, according to league sources.