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Report: LeBron Ruined Potential Kyrie Irving-Paul George Trade Before Draft


Another day, another Paul George to Cleveland rumor rears it's head, this time involving All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

To deal with the monstrosity that is Golden State, the Cavaliers have been exploring every avenue to grab another All-Star talent to pair with LeBron James. First, it was reported that power forward Kevin Love was the bait the Cavs were willing to trade for either Jimmy Butler or Paul George, but now it's being reported that Kyrie was also put on the table.

As you can see above, the Suns and Cavs had a done deal, exchanging Kyrie Irving a bench player such as Channing Frye for the fourth pick in the draft and Eric Bledsoe. Cleveland would then move the fourth pick on to Indiana for Paul George, forming a foursome consisting of Eric Bledsoe, Paul George, LeBron James and Kevin Love.

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The only thing that was holding the deal up and eventually killed it? LeBron not promising Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert he'd stay in Cleveland past 2018.

Is this a sign of things to come? If LeBron was offered Paul George coming onto his team in exchange for a verbal promise to stick around in Ohio and didn't take it, what will it take to keep King James in the Wine and Gold?

Of course, this is just a rumor from an unknown source, but if this is true, either Kyrie or LeBron are going to be on their way out very soon.