Are we on the heels of a Decision sequel?
Probably not but according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving is “privately telling people” that he wants out of Cleveland.
Here it is straight from Ford’s afternoon chat on SportsNation:
“Kyrie Irving has been telling people privately he wants out,” wrote Chad Ford.
“The Cavs are working to try to create a winning situation and culture to make him happy,” wrote Ford. “Didn’t report it to say he’s gone. Just trying to show why the Cavs are trying hard to right the ship right now.”
With that said, Irving doesn’t become an unrestrictive free agent until 2016. He becomes a restricted free agent in 2015, but is eligible for a contract extension after this season. It’s likely that he’ll receive a max contract extension from the Cavaliers, and unlikely to him to pass up such money. Unless, of course, he really, really wants out of Cleveland.
FYI: Kyrie Irving can’t leave Cavs outright until 2016 and would have to pass on max, long-term money twice.
— RealGM (@RealGM) January 30, 2014
All this comes on the heels of Cavaliers GM Chris Grant basically ripping the team for lack of effort:
“The lack of effort is just not acceptable,” Grant said. “It’s not who we are and who we want to be. It’s got to be addressed head on. There’s no excuses for that, but we’ve seen our guys compete and execute consistently and that’s really what we’ve got to do a better job of….
“We’re in a tough stretch,” Grant said. “We came off that West Coast trip and that Denver game. We played good basketball. We played really good basketball and even in this tough stretch we’ve played a half or two of good basketball. Unfortunately, we haven’t played two full halves. All we can do is continue to stress and push that. We know it’s there because we’ve done it and we have to hold people accountable to it.”
The whole organization is at a crucial point right now. It feels like they are one meltdown move away from becoming a very bad team again. If the Cavaliers lose Kyrie Irving, who do they have left? What do they build around?
They’ve already lost LeBron James once, if they lose the “next” guy up (Kyrie Irving), I’m not really sure how they can recover.
After everything that Irving has said about denying the rumors of wanting to leave Cleveland, and the perception that he’s not LeBron, you have to wonder if he’s, in actuality, following in LeBron’s footsteps without even knowing it.