All-star guard, Kyrie Irving is unhappy at the Cleveland Cavaliers. And he may consider leaving the team in the offseason, sources revealed.
The Cavs put up their entire roster, except for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, for trade ahead of the February 18 deadline, as reported by the Morning News USA earlier.
Why is Irving unhappy at Cleveland?
Irving is reportedly unhappy at the Cavs because he is playing the second fiddle to LeBron James. Irving was the number 1 pick of the Cavs in 2011 draft, when the player was fresh out of Duke University. The guard aimed at becoming the leading face of the Cavs in the post LeBron era.
James returned to the Cavs after spending four successful seasons with Miami Heat in 2014-15 season. In the first three seasons, Irving failed to take the Cavs to the playoffs. Cleveland appeared in the NBA finals last season, partially due to the presence of LeBron James & power forward Kevin Love. Irving wasn’t the lone man stealing the show at all.
ESPN’s Steve Smith first said in his show that Irving wants to quit the Cavs. The All-star point-guard wants a franchise that builds around him. His health conditions and unproven track record as a leader may make general managers skeptical to dwell around him as of now.
Irving still remains a sensational point-guard. At the prime of his NBA career, he was able to draw the interests of many teams as an elite point-guard. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz are eyeing Irving in the offseason.
Irving posted 22 points, six assists and an 11-for-11 mark from the free throw line against the Indiana Pacers. After the game he deviated from his “unhappy” stance, according to ESPN.
“Obviously there’s going to be some misunderstandings; it’s part of being on a team. For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what’s going on and how I feel about things.
“For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they’re going to pick one player, it’s going to change every single week. When they think that we’re down and out, they’re going to choose one player, so, for me it has no effect on my life or what’s going on. It’s all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland.”
As of now, the Cavs fans get a sigh of relief. Kyrie Irving is focusing on winning the NBA for Cleveland, keeping all the misunderstandings aside.