A Rose That Wilted in the Garden: Derrick's Free Agency Dissappoints

Posted July 22, 2017

According to a Friday afternoon report from Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Irving requested a trade away from the Cavaliers just last week.

The injury-prone 28-year-old point guard would add a backcourt spark for the Cavaliers as they try to mount a tougher challenge to Golden State, who beat Cleveland in two of their NBA Finals matchups over the past three seasons. Griffin was in charge when the Cavaliers drafted Anthony Bennett first overall, and acquiesced LeBron James when the Cavs superstar wanted his team to ink Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith to high-paying long-term deals that are now impeding Cleveland's flexibility and ability to improve the roster.

Chicago traded the former MVP to the New York Knicks in June of 2016.

James is aware of Irving's request, as are numerous Cavs teammates, and they are experiencing a range of emotions - sources said - from disappointment, to shock, to sadness.

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"I understand we're in a very peculiar place", Irving said.

The Cavaliers are in weird spot because it seems Dan Gilbert doesn't think that paying so much money on luxury tax (close to $80 million this season) can get him anywhere.

Maybe James's team-mate Kyrie Irving can help calm everyone down?

And now that he's finally established himself playing alongside LeBron James, Irving wants out.

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"We met with Cavs' leadership and we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team", Irving's agent Jeff Wechsler told cleveland.com.

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound center/forward played in the Israeli Basketball Premier League last season, averaging 14.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. But obviously there are some things I'm pretty sure our organization wants to do, and we'll go from there. Irving, a New Jersey native, has three years and just over $60 million remaining on his contract.

Irving reached career highs in scoring (25.2 points per game), field goal percentage (47.3) and free throw percentage (90.5) last season.

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