Asked earlier this week for his comments on LeBron James’ reported frustrations with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lack of roster upgrades during the 2017 offseason, Kyrie Irving told Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray that the Cavs were in “a very peculiar place, and we just need to make sure that all our pieces are aligned first, and then we go from there.”
The request came last week and was made to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Irving has expressed that he wants to go play in a situation where he can be a more focal point and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James, sources said.
Irving’s agent Jeff Wechsler would not confirm or deny whether Irving asked for a trade.
“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,” Wechsler told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “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.”