Ex-Cavs GM thinks Kyrie Irving showed ‘courage’ with trade request

Kyrie Irving has been to 3 loyal Finals with Cleveland. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It is misleading how tough a Cavaliers are perplexing to consent to Kyrie Irving’s trade request, yet tea-leaf readers saw a pointer Monday that a group was prone to keep a star indicate guard. Cleveland’s former ubiquitous manager, though, pronounced he suspicion Irving would get dealt, and he described a player’s ask as an act of “courage.”

Appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Monday, David Griffin, who suddenly split ways with a Cavs in June, was asked about former Cleveland ensure Ron Harper’s comments. Harper recently pronounced (via a Akron Beacon Journal) that Irving’s enterprise to be traded divided from LeBron James and Co. was innate of “youth” and “ignorance,” adding,”When a inmates are in charge, zero yet bad things can happen, right?”

“I consider what Ron was observant is unequivocally astray to Kyrie,” Griffin told co-hosts Amin Elhassan and Dave McMenamin. “This is a man who rubbed a conditions accurately like he was ostensible to. He went to [owner] Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he suspicion he would be happier somewhere else. The comprehensive misfortune thing this man could’ve finished was fake to be all in and penetrate a boat from within.

“Most guys don’t have a bravery to do what he did. That’s not girl and ignorance. That’s a small bit some-more bravery than people give him credit for.”

Irving’s stay is reportedly of a opinion that James himself leaked a news of a trade request, presumably to reduce a guard’s value and make it harder for a Cavs to get a inestimable offer. At a same time, James has been widely rumored to be meddlesome in withdrawal a Cavs after opting out of his agreement in 2018, and Irving’s mind-set could be made by a welfare to not be subsequently stranded with an asset-poor group built for a strengths of a luminary brazen no longer around.

“I consider Kyrie is going to finish adult removing traded,” Griffin pronounced on ESPN. If that’s true, afterwards a video a Cavs expelled Monday that showed off their new uniforms competence be a final time we see a name “Irving” on a behind of one.

Noting that Irving sealed a agreement prolongation with a Cavs before James returned to a group in 2014, Griffin pronounced a ensure “was sole a totally opposite conditions than he’s indeed in — and he worked unequivocally good in, he won a championship in — and we see this as him looking for a fit for himself to take a subsequent step in his career.”

“LeBron casts a unequivocally vast shade over an organization, and many of it is really, unequivocally positive,” Griffin added. “You know you’re approaching to win a championship, by approach of example, yet what that doesn’t always concede is for a actor like Kyrie to exam his bounds a small bit and see how good he can unequivocally be.”

Interestingly, Griffin pragmatic that Irving had named a Celtics as one of his elite trade destinations, since prior stating had claimed the list enclosed a Spurs (to whom Griffin also referred), Knicks, Heat and Timberwolves. A New Jersey native, Irving was reported to “very badly” wish to join New York, yet a dual sides have had not been means to come to terms, and a Knicks are also perplexing to figure out what to do with their possess discontented star, Carmelo Anthony.

The Cavs don’t have to trade Irving, who has 3 years left on his contract, including a actor choice for a final year. However, Griffin presumably knows some-more than many about a meditative in Cleveland’s front office, and to hear him tell it, Irving is some-more expected than not going to be wearing another team’s jersey this season.

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