Kyrie Irving Didn't Talk To Teammates For Consecutive Days During Playoffs

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It's worth noting that the previous reports regarding when Irving's discontent with the organization began cited his name being bandied about in trade talks for Jimmy Butler and Paul George as the starting point.

"He loves L.A. and he's been working out there a lot this summer". "Do they have the assets they get him?" Irving apparently has planned ahead, as well, as he reportedly has a list of four teams he'd prefer to be traded to: the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami Heat. He's been inside that locker room.

"I'm not sure. Phoenix, of course, hired [former Cavalier] James Jones this offseason". "Like I tell everybody man, I come from [Philadelphia]".

According to McMenamin on the BBall Breakdown podcast, Irving went consecutive days without speaking to his teammates during practice in between the in and Toronto series.

McMenamin added that players have their ups and downs in the regular season, but in the intensity and spotlight of the playoffs, Irving's actions may have been eye-opening to some, including Jones. But when you get to the playoffs, the main thing is the main thing, and we're brothers, and we're pulling together to get this thing done.

That decision will see West have more of an input on matters from an executive point of view and if anybody can pull off an Irving trade, it's the logo.

Meanwhile, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported on July 28 that the Los Angeles Clippers made an attempt to land Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers, though he doesn't spell out what-if any-pieces were negotiated going to Cleveland.

Kyrie Irving, while he was the clear second fiddle on the Cavaliers, still needs to communicate with his team.

Irving does not have a no-trade clause, so he has limited leverage in determining where he ends up if he leaves Cleveland.

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