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Sources: Kyrie Irving Threatened to Sit Out 2017 Season if Cleveland Didn’t Trade Him

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[Kyrie] Irving’s desire and request to leave the Cavs last summer are well documented. Wanting to leave LeBron James’ shadow and the culture James dominated in Cleveland, upset that former general manager David Griffin was gone and miffed that the Cavs considered trading him to Indiana for Paul George, Irving asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him.

Gilbert didn’t have to honor the request, though, as Irving had two years left on his contract. But according to multiple sources, Irving threatened to sit out the season and have surgery on his knee, convincing Gilbert and Cleveland’s front office that the relationship was not salvageable.

Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, declined to discuss what was said to the Cavs with cleveland.com, and Gilbert did not personally respond to a request seeking comment.

The Cavs do not regret trading Irving (because he didn’t want to be here) nor do they regret trading him to Boston, and are otherwise refusing to address the past as they try to maximize this season and the future, they said.

Source: Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

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Report: LeBron James Camp Pessimistic of Paul George

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There’s pessimism in [LeBron] James’ camp that [Paul] George would leave Oklahoma City.

It’s not hard to understand what might compel George to stay. The chemistry with Russell Westbrook is bound to improve if they have a second year together, and it doesn’t hurt that their off-court relationship continues to appear very strong. Ditto for George’s dynamic with coach Billy Donovan.

Source: Sam Amick of USA Today

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Report: Spurs Attempting To Trade Kawhi Leonard To Eastern Conference

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The San Antonio Spurs have told teams that the only Western Conference team he will play for if he is not trading is theirs.

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Cavs have inquired about Leonard but there is no traction on a possible deal.

The Spurs have told teams to put forth offers without any indication of what might come next

Source: Sam Amick of USA Today

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Report: No Rift Between Chris Paul and Rockets

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As for the recent report from Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard that there are rising tensions between the two sides because [Chris] Paul wants the full max and isn’t sure if he’ll get it, two people with knowledge of the situation refuted the idea there is any friction between the sides.

Source: Sam Amick of USA Today

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