Woah! Kyrie Irving has reportedly asked the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade him.
Sources tell ESPN that the All-Star guard made the request last week to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, expressing his desire to be a focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James.
So far, Irving’s team has not confirmed the reports.
“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,” Irving’s agent Jeff Wechsler told ESPN. “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.”
The report says LeBron has been told about Irving’s trade request and feels “blindsided and disappointed”.
News of the request comes days after Irving told Sports Illustrated that the Cavs were in a “peculiar” place this offseason. “I understand we’re in a very peculiar place,” he said. “We just have to, you know, make sure that all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there. It’s the summertime, a lot of craziness going on in the NBA.”
Irving has been in Cleveland his whole NBA career, after being chosen with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 Draft. After three losing seasons, LeBron returned and the team have reached the past three NBA Finals, winning the title in 2016.