Kyrie Irving Has Reportedly Asked To Be Traded, And Dan Gilbert Has Lit The Fuse Under His Own Championship Team
I can't sit here and say that I knew what LeBron James intended to do next summer when this offseason began. Only the most calculated player in NBA history knows that, and he's probably known it for months (maybe years) on end at this point.
That being said, you really just have to sit back in awe at the level of complete and total organizational incompetence that has all-but-guaranteed that a team that has gone to three straight NBA Finals will be left to rot in NBA purgatory in just 12 short months. Dan Gilbert refused to pay David Griffin - the man most responsible for helping to build Cleveland's first champion in half a century - and by doing do he essentially dumped gasoline on his entire own damn franchise and started flicking lit matches at it. It's literally only a matter of time before the relevance of the Cavaliers goes up in flames, and it's solely because a multi-billionaire didn't want to pay a couple extra million to the person whose efforts exponentially increased the value of his product.
Just take a second to think about this. Kyrie Irving is currently on the second best team in the NBA and on the same roster as the otherworldly player that turned his entire career around, and - because that roster is under the watchful eye of a man so goddamn stupid and stubborn - he preemptively wants off of it. It's almost unthinkable to imagine someone demanding a trade away from LeBron James, but apparently it's only equally as unthinkable as doing almost everything in your power to neglect the wishes of LeBron James prior to the last season that you have him under contract. Dan Gilbert has taken executive buffoonery to such an asinine level that I can't help but prematurely picture what is sure to be a messy aftermath that is tentatively scheduled for the Summer of 2018...if not far sooner.