Kyrie Irving requested in a meeting last week that the Cleveland Cavaliers trade him to another team, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke under the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, confirmed the meeting took place but declined to reveal the contents of the discussion, telling USA TODAY Sports that details would remain “between us and the team.”
The four-time All-Star point guard, who Cleveland drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011, is coming off the best season of his career. He averaged 25.2 points, 5.8 assists and shot 47.3% from the field and 40.1% from beyond the arc, but the Cavs fell to the Golden State Warriors in five games in the NBA Finals.
As USA TODAY Sports reported earlier in the week, Irving's running mate, LeBron James, is frustrated by Cleveland's quiet offseason and the departure of two of the team's top front-office executives, general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden, before the draft and free agency.
James is focused on training for next season and winning with whomever is on the roster, a person with direct knowledge of James’ plans told USA TODAY Sports.
Irving is currently in Asia on a Nike tour promoting his new shoes.
ESPN first reported Irving's desire to be traded.