Kyrie Irving thought LeBron James was out to get him (out of town).
The Cavaliers’ star guard requested his ticket out of Cleveland after becoming so upset his name was tossed about in trade talks — believing James was behind them — according to a new report.
According to Fox Sports, the Cavs had a deal in place before the NBA draft to send Irving to Phoenix in exchange for Eric Bledsoe and the No. 4 pick, and they would then flip the pick to Indiana for Paul George — a move Irving believed James had signed off on.
“He thought LeBron was in on it,” Chris Broussard said Thursday on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” “LeBron’s take was more, ‘Look, I’m not trying to trade Kyrie Irving, he’s great. But that’s a heck of a deal – Eric Bledsoe and Paul George – so if you do it, hey, that’s a great deal.’
“Kyrie took it as LeBron wanted him out of there. A few days or a week later, that’s when Kyrie made his trade request. That was like the final straw.”
Of course, many believe that James isn’t long for Cleveland himself with the Lakers being a popular predicted landing spot for the 2018-19 season. But the two superstars were supposed to make one more run at the Warriors before Irving’s trade request shook up the NBA and, if a trade is consummated, very possibly its power balance.