FS1's Rob Parker said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd that LeBron James had asked Cleveland to trade Irving for Chris Paul after the Cavs won the title in 2016. Parker said Irving found out about it, which set him over the edge.
Cleveland also included Irving in trade talks that would have brought either Paul George or Jimmy Butler to the Cavs this past offseason, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst, furthering his desire to leave the team.
What followed was a whirlwind, with the Cavs putting forth a series of trade packages looking to acquire either Butler or George. Some of these talks included Irving, which upset him even more when he found out about it, sources said. Previously, Griffin had worked to keep lines of communication with Irving open, but now Irving was in the dark.
Irving has a strong desire to be the centerpiece of a team, which he didn't feel was possible in Cleveland with LeBron and that playing second fiddle to James - along with his passive-aggressive antics - was wearing on him.
Irving told the Cavs that he would prefer to be traded to the Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks or San Antonio Spurs, but with three years and $60 million remaining on his contract (he can opt out after the 2018-19 season) and no no-trade clause, Cleveland isn't necessarily in a rush to trade him.
As such, they have set an asking price of at least a proven veteran and a promising young player and won't trade him unless those demands are met.
Phoenix's offer centers around point guard Eric Bledsoe and they have plenty of talented young players on their roster - but are unwilling to part with Devin Booker and rookie Josh Jackson. Denver's offer would likely include some combination of Emmanuel Mudiay, Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler.
Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 47.3 percent from the field last season.Back to the Cleveland Cavaliers Newsfeed