Despite the trade request rumors, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert still expects four-time NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving to be in the training camp with the team this coming September.
“Right now Kyrie Irving is on a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for two or three years, depending on the last year. So as of now, he’s one of our best players; sure, we expect him to be in camp.” Gilbert said
Base on multiple reports, Irving has requested a trade from Cleveland last week and expressed that he wants to play with other teams where he can be a center point and no longer wants to play with four-time MVP LeBron James.
The 2014 All-Star Game MVP’s agent Jeff Wechsler would not confirm or deny whether Irving asked for a trade.
“Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team. The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private.” Wechsler said
Meanwhile, the new Cavs general manager Koby Altman had confirmed that he met with Irving and his agent and said that they discussed “several scenarios,” but did not go into the details of the meeting and did not confirm that Irving had requested a trade.
“We talked about a wide range of possibilities. Kyrie is a tremendous player. He continues to be a core piece of who we are & what we do.” Altman said in the press conference earlier
Altman was the former assistant GM of the Cavs and took over for David Griffin. In addition, Gilbert was the one who opened the news conference by introducing Altman as the Cavs’ new general manager.
The 25-year-old point guard Irving was the first overall pick selected by the Cleveland in the 2011 NBA Draft and he averaged 25.2 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game in 23.09 minutes last 2016-17 season.
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