ESPN’s Chad Ford: “Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out”
Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving, according to Chad Ford, has been telling people privately that he wants out of Cleveland. The Cavaliers have been an absolute mess this season. Many NBA aficionados predicted the Cavs to be much improved, but at 16-29, that has been hardly the case. Still, despite their struggles to win games and get along with each other, the Cavs have an excellent shot of making the playoffs because the Eastern Conference is so bad. Couple the Cavs problems with potential bust Anthony Bennett and this could be a major reason Kyrie Irving reportedly wants out of Cleveland.
Via ESPN/Chad Ford:
Q: How hot are the collective seats of Chris Grant and Mike Brown? And who do you think the Cavs are most likely to target at the deadline?
Chad Ford: Virtually every GM in the league believes that Grant will be gone this summer if things don’t get turned around this season. He doesn’t have much time. The thinking is that there’s no way Dan Gilbert is going to let him make another lottery pick if that’s the direction the Cavs end up heading. Grant’s goal (via his owner) is to get this team competitive and into the playoffs. The Deng move was supposed to help. But so far … nothing. Chemistry is a major issue there and some of that is on Mike Brown. But more of it is on the collection of players in Cleveland at the moment. Something has to happen quick. Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out. Cleveland can’t afford to lose him and LeBron. They know the urgency. I expect them to be major players at the deadline.
This would be catastrophic if the Cavs were to lose Kyrie Irving after seeing LeBron leave for South Beach. The Cavaliers have had plenty of high lottery picks since James has left and haven’t capitalized on them. Even Irving has had his share of injuries and players such as Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett have not panned out thus far. Albeit still early in their careers, the Cavs need their young players to make drastic improvements if they are going to be taken as a serious playoff contender. For Cleveland Cavalier fans sake, hopefully Irving stays and turns around a franchise some consider to be cursed.