This could be the news of the summer. Kyrie Irving finally wants to step up and take what he thinks he deserves.
Kyrie Irving, one of the best point guard in the NBA, after 2 seasons with LeBron James and two NBA Finals, wants to have a bigger role and he is requesting a trade from Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving is ready to end his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as league sources told ESPN that the guard has asked the team to trade him.
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Irving's agent Jeff Wechsler would not confirm or deny whether Irving asked for a trade.
"Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," Wechsler told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private."
He doesn't want to play with LeBron James anymore because he wants to be the first face of the franchise.
James was informed of Irving's request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said. Other members of the team have learned of Irving's intentions in recent days as well.
Cleveland Cavaliers will be in a difficult situation, because LeBron James will be a free agent next summer and now Kyrie Irving wants to play somewhere else.
Finally, it's not all about money but about the leadership and winning.
By asking for a trade, Irving would be willingly giving up the chance to qualify and sign a "supermax" contract with the Cavs in 2019.
Kyrie wants to play without LeBron James and he already proved that he is maybe the best clutcher in the league.
Is this the end of LeBron James' era?