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Irving wants out of Cleveland

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade. He made it known to team officials that he wants out last week.

He no longer wants to play second-or-third fiddle to LeBron James and Kevin Love. Irving, before James arrived, was the team’s top player.

Kyrie Irving (Getty Images)

Kyrie Irving (Getty Images)

James was reportedly “blindsided” by the news. And if Irving and Love exit at any point prior to next summer, it’ll definitely mean James is leaving his adopted hometown again.

This is another point in the tumultuous off-season by the team. James was displeased when owner Dan Gilbert fired GM David Griffin.

It was initially believed that Chauncey Billups would receive his first front office position after being in consideration for the Atlanta Hawks GM position. However, Gilbert allegedly low-balled Billups because he has no prior GM experience.

At this time, the Cavaliers still do not have a leader in the front office. They have an interim GM running the show behind-the-scenes.

Irving reportedly wants to be the focal point of his own offense.

He has $39 million left on his current deal. Irving is due $18.8 million in 2017-18.

The point guard also has a $21 million player option for the 2018-19.

Irving has spent his entire career with the Cavaliers after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 72 starts last season, he averaged a career-high 25.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.3 blocks per game.

In 381 games in the NBA, all starts, he’s averaged 21.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocks.

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