Kyrie Irving's apparent discontent with the Cleveland Cavaliers sent shockwaves across the NBA landscape. The 25-year old phenom has already won an NBA championship and happens to play alongside the best player in the world. Despite this, Kyrie has demanded a trade from the Cavs and isn't satisfied playing with LeBron James anymore. LeBron, like most, was taken aback by these comments. Kyrie has expressed interest in Minnesota, New York, San Antonio and Miami.
While some might criticize Kyrie and call him delusional, that is not the case. Kyrie was becoming extremely unhappy with the organization. The turbulent regular season and unfortunate ending to the NBA finals left him frustrated. The way Cleveland handled things throughout this offseason put a cap on it.
The Cavs were in need of another star player if they wanted to compete with Golden State next season. Instead, owner Dan Gilbert decided to fire general manager David Griffin at the most crucial time. This did not stop their pursuit for another all-star. The Cavs had actually agreed to a three team trade that would've sent superstar Paul George to Cleveland, Kevin Love to the Nuggets and Gary Harris along with a few other assets to Indiana. However, the Indiana Pacers GM jumped ship at the last second. Cleveland is now left with a dysfunctional front office and has nothing to show for in free agency. This has Kyrie infuriated.
Something else that is probably weighing on Kyrie's mind is LeBron's impending free agency decision. LeBron has one year left on his contract and all signs are indicating towards another departure from Cleveland. Kyrie definitely doesn't want to linger around for that to happen again. More importantly, Irving is tired of playing with LeBron. He desperately wants to be the focal point of a franchise destined for a championship run. While in Cleveland, the limelight will always be on LeBron James because he is at the center of the basketball world. Kyrie hit one of the most clutch shots in NBA history to win the finals, and it will mainly be LeBron who is credited as the one who brought a championship back to Cleveland. That's not who Kyrie wants to be remembered as. He doesn't want to be looked upon as a sidekick. Kyrie is determined to make a name for himself in another city, and he'd be smart to do so before Cleveland potentially crumbles again next offseason.