The basketball world was sent into shock last offseason when Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the team that drafted him back in 2011.
As we all know, the Cavs formed a deal with conference rivals the Boston Celtics, sending Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the coveted Brooklyn first-rounder for 2018.
At the time, the trade was considered a steal by Cleveland, but reality has played out quite different to pre-season predictions. The Celtics currently sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 12-2 record, winning their last 11 games, whereas the Cavs are all the way down in 9th place, only just hitting .500 after their win over the Knicks on Monday night.
Cleveland may just be sorely missing their former point guard with a record like that and Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury until next year, and if rumors are to be believed, the Cavs had other offers on the table for Irving before he even requested a trade, the biggest being from the Indiana Pacers.
Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving: https://t.co/CDRGvaBvKm
— RealGM (@RealGM) November 13, 2017
The report states that the Cavs rejected the deal for PG, as they weren’t open to trading away their second-best player, but once Irving got wind of the trade offer, he handed in his resignation notice to the front office.
Out of all the teams involved, Cleveland and Indiana have to be regretting things considering the trade could’ve been a done deal if only organized a few weeks later. Even though Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis have been playing well for Indy, grabbing an All-Star for trading away Paul George would be much more favorable, and Cleveland are probably kicking themselves they didn’t manage to snap up an All-Star player they could’ve used from opening night onwards.
As for Boston though, they don’t have a care in the world.