The Cleveland Cavaliers have dropped two of their last three games following Sunday’s 113-99 loss at the Washington Wizards, and to make matters worse, one of their star players has wanted out for months.
On Monday’s edition of First Take, ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith revealed who it was.”Dating back to last year, I’ve been told that Kyrie Irving ain’t too happy being in Cleveland,” Smith said. “The situation is not ideal for him. I don’t know the particulars, I haven’t spoken to him personally. It’s somethings that I’ve been hearing for months, that under ideal circumstances he would prefer to be some place other than Cleveland.”
This isn’t the first time Irving has wanted out of Cleveland. Irving wanted the same thing in 2014 before the return of LeBron James to the team, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said in a conversation with Robert Attenweiler of Cavs the Blog, “If the Cavs ever dream of having LeBron, it’s not going to be with Kyrie there. LeBron and Kyrie have drifted apart in the last few years, even to the point that if the Cavs wanted to get LeBron they would maybe trade Kyrie for someone who would fit better with LeBron.”
The Cavaliers did get James and they were able to sign Irving to a max deal too.
But if what Smith said on First Take is accurate, Irving must be getting tired of playing second fiddle to James. However, Irving is in the first of a five-year contract that doesn’t expire until 2020.