Kyrie Irving May Force Trade If LeBron James Leaves Cleveland Cavaliers

Ruben Hill
June 26, 2017

Now, the Cavaliers have another problem on their hands as rumors suggest Kyrie Irving will ask for a trade if he gets the sense that LeBron will opt out next summer.

The rumors that surround James and his future could cause a ripple effect in the Cleveland pond. Cowley said Irving could make the move, "especially if he feels the Cavs' run could end quickly with James able to opt out after next season".

Although Cleveland has been the frontrunner out of the Eastern Conference with three straight bids to the NBA Finals and essentially the only hurdle standing in the way of the Golden State Warriors, things became tricky on Monday when the Cavaliers announced they would not renew the contract of general manager David Griffin.

A new report claims that Chicago Bulls superstar Jimmy Butler "would push his front office" to execute a potential trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, his deal could have him tethered to Cleveland past James' possible departure. Butler has a Player Option worth US$19.8 million (AU$25.9 million) ahead of the 2019-20 season.

One has to think that it's too early to consider that Irving and LeBron will leave this championship contender team. The two mutually parted ways. "On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise's first NBA Championship". The Cavs are in danger of losing the three most important players they now have on their roster.

Kyrie Irving and the Cavs lost to the Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals, 4-1.

".Not only have Cavaliers players - including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving - been reaching out to Butler directly and through back channels over the last five days to gauge his interest, but those players liked what they heard back from the Bulls' three-time All-Star", Cowley wrote in a report published Tuesday. The Cavalier should be careful not to feed into these rumors and get distracted, as it could all be a ploy by the other teams to dethrone James and his 2017 Eastern Conference champions.

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