Jan 28, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving reacts in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Kyrie Irving says he wants to leave Cleveland Cavaliers


The Cleveland Cavaliers thought they had found their franchise player in LeBron James, but he ended up getting tired of all the losing and the lack of front office moves and left in 2010. They say history repasts itself but for Cavs fans, that history seems to be repeating itself a lot sooner than we thought.

Chad Ford from ESPN.com said in a chat session on Thursday that Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is telling those close to him that he wants to leave.

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.

Ford later clarified what he said by pointing out that it’s hard for players to leave the team that drafted them while still under their rookie contract.

Thought that was fairly common knowledge that he’s been unhappy there. Maybe not … Don’t overreact. Much, much harder for players in their rookie contracts to leave. They have to take a much riskier path and essential sign a qualifying offer as a restricted free agent. Very few do it.

To get burned by LeBron is one thing, but to get burned by the player you drafted to replace him so soon after you initially lost LeBron is beyond a travesty. Something like that might literally cause Cleveland to fall off the map.

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  • J Taylor

    Maybe everyone should look at the front office and management. Why is it that players don’t want to stay in Cleveland?

    Lebron is and was amazing.
    But what has the team done since with all of it’s Free Agency money and low round draft picks? Basically nothing. Sadly, they might miss the playoffs in the softest conference the league has seen in a long time.

    • BIG WoRm

      *WILL

  • Letterman007

    It’s like a bad dream, and I hope it is untrue, but the sad fact is it could be. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this and the last time he denied it!! But if he is that unhappy here, then trade him and do the best you can. Just get Chris Grant out first!!! Maybe trade him to Philadelphia for Evan Turner and two first rounders in 2014. He would be closer to home and we could build around Turner, Deng , Waiters and Thompson and the goods we could get from the talent rich draft!!

    • BIG WoRm

      No offense or nothin but who really wants to be in Cleveland?

      • Letterman007

        Have you ever been there? The most loyal fan base in the country and we have to be with all the crap that’s going on! But we will prevail and there will be a Championship in Cleveland from one of the major sports teams !!! With all the bad luck we have had we and CUBBY fans will eventually turn it around!! We are persistent and LOYAL !!!

  • victor

    bullll need to get camelo right now