The Cleveland Cavaliers basket ball player wants out from the NBA winning team that stars Lebron James?
Lebron James IS the franchise….
Every player in the NBA would do just about anything to play alongside LeBron James and experience the accompanying trips deep into the playoffs.
Every player, that is, except for Kyrie Irving.
News broke Friday — first reported by ESPN.com and later confirmed by The Washington Post and others — that Irving has demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, and, in doing so, is willing to step away from that coveted role of playing next to LeBron.
So what gives? First, it should be noted that this isn’t exactly a surprise. There has been tension among the Cavaliers since James returned to Cleveland — a move that came less than two weeks after Irving committed to a five-year max contract extension on the opening night of free agency in 2014. When Irving signed that deal, both he and the Cavaliers envisioned him being the face of the franchise.
Then James decided he wanted to go back to Northeast Ohio, and the plans to feature Irving understandably were set aside. It has worked out beautifully — Irving has thrived playing next to James, winning a championship, becoming a shoe-selling star and being the face of the upcoming version of NBA 2K.
But what’s clear now is that Irving’s desire to be the face of a franchise has never gone away, and after three years biding his time, he doesn’t want to wait any longer……
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