REPORT: Kyrie Irving Wants Out Of Cleveland
There was something so perfect about the Miami Heat superteam that won two of four consecutive trips to NBA Finals between 2010 and 2014. Besides the fact that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were arguably the best in the league at their respective positions, they were all roughly the same age with the same amount of NBA experience under their belts. They all grew up in the same basketball culture, idolizing the same NBA greats and playing the same 16-bit basketball video games. They were buddies living out a fantasy in a tropical playground. They were on the same page.
The power triad that LeBron James plays within in 2016, however, couldn't look any different. Their age difference hasn't translated to fewer injuries, nor has it imbued the team with the youthful exuberance we see in Golden State (or Miami in 2011). They've struggled to adapt to their new roles around LeBron, who has struggled with his new role as an unofficial player/coach. Kevin Love can't be happy playing well below his career averages, LeBron can't be happy playing on the third or fourth best team in the NBA and Kyrie Irving can't be happy watching two of his prime seasons sucked into the drama tornado that LeBron James brought to town two summers ago.
According to Stephen A. Smith, he isn't.
"i bit my tongue on this on several occasions. it is time i say something. skip bayless, this isn't just for weeks. this is for months dating back to last year, i have been told that kyrie irving ain't too happy being in cleveland. he is the bad boy. 28 yesterday, 30 in a loss to detroit a few games ago. Kyrie irving is going work hard, do what he has to do, go on the court and perform or whatever, but the situation is not ideal for him. i don't know the particulars. i have not spoken to him personally, but it is about this matter, but it is something i have been hearing for months, in an ideal -- under ideal circumstances he would prefer to be someplace other than cleveland."
When the Cavaliers inevitably end their season watching the Golden State Warriors hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy for the second straight year, expect some changes. But if they're watching Steph Curry celebrate from the comfort of their couches after being sent home in the Eastern Conference playoffs by Toronto (or, god forbid, Miami), don't be surprised if those changes to involve either Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving's massive, long-term contracts. No one player is untradeable and there are plenty of LeBron's contemporaries who would die to join forces with the best player of their generation. Cough cough, Chris Paul. Cough cough, Carmelo Anthony.
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