Kyrie Irving threatened to sit out if the Cavaliers didn't trade him

Kyrie Irving threatened to sit out if the Cavaliers didn't trade him

A day after a report that Kyrie Irving threatened to have knee surgery to force a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, he denied the report was true and would not say whether he does need eventual knee surgery. LeBron James got a much needed triple double and J.R. Smith finally started to knock down some shots from beyond the arc. The report adds that the surgery would have been minor, a follow-up procedure to surgery Irving had after breaking his kneecap during the 2015 NBA Finals. Wanting to leave LeBron James' shadow and the culture James dominated in Cleveland, upset that former general manager David Griffin was gone and miffed that the Cavs considered trading him to in for Paul George, Irving asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him.

James reportedly asked the Cavaliers' front office not to honor Irving's trade request.

The site reports that Irving made a huge threat to the Cavaliers if they didn't trade him and it sounds like he gave the team no choice in the matter.

"[Irving] basically just let me know that that was the direction that he wanted to go in", James said in September.


Through 46 games, Irving is averaging 24.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game this season.

Kyrie Irving was drafted first overall by the Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Celtics now sit atop the Eastern Conference standings, seven games ahead of the 27-19 Cavs. Point guard Isaiah Thomas, also part of the Boston trade, has yet to return to form after a hip injury he suffered at the end of the 2016-17 season.

This is just the latest development in what has been a soap opera of a season for the Cavaliers, who have gone just 4-9 over their last 13 games.

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