When news broke that Kyrie Irving had requested a trade, the NBA was absolutely shaken. Surprise, anger, excitement were all being displayed that afternoon.
But perhaps one of the biggest feelings that day was no so much anger or excitement, but confusion. Why would Kyrie want to leave such a seemingly good situation? He gets to play with LeBron James while continuously making the Finals year after year. It sounds like a perfect situation.
Until you listen to Richard Jefferson, who sheds a little light for those who may not understand why Irving wants out.
On Jefferson's own podcast. "Road Trippin" he explains the whole situation pretty well:
“He was a No. 1 pick right after LeBron, then he has three different coaches, then LeBron comes back, now there’s trade rumors, now it’s ‘LeBron’s leaving. At some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability, even if it’s the unknown. I don’t know if he asked to be traded. I don’t know this, but I will say that he’s had a tougher time, if you look at his start to where we are right now, of the ups and downs of a franchise, more than most...Even though we’ve been successful and even though we’ve won a championship and he’s been an All-Star, there’s still so much of a wave, and to be like, ‘Yo, we’re going to sit here for a whole year on whether or not LeBron’s coming back,’ that’s got to be tough on anybody — everybody."
When you read RJ's words, it actually makes sense. Sure, LeBron brings tons of success to the franchise. But he, and the Cavs front office, have also caused a lot of drama. Instability can be enough to put anyone off, no matter how good a situation may seem.
For Kyrie Irving, it seems like that's exactly what's going on.