How badly did Kyrie Irving want out of Cleveland?
He was willing to undergo knee surgery and miss the entire season if the Cavaliers did not trade him, according to a report from Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.
Frustrated with playing in the shadow of LeBron James, as well as curious front office moves (nearly trading Irving for Paul George), Irving made it known to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert that he wanted out, and didn’t bother looking for an in-house solution. Per Vardone’s report, Irving’s threat to have season-ending surgery if not traded “convinced Gilbert and Cleveland’s front office that the relationship was not salvageable.”
The move has obviously worked out to the C’s advantage — the Celtics have the East’s best record, at 35-14, and Isaiah Thomas has not rediscovered his MVP-like touch in Cleveland — but the idea of Irving requiring surgery at all does seem concerning.
But according to this same report, sources have indicated that the 25-year-old Irving needs minor knee surgery as a follow-up to the procedure he underwent during the 2015 NBA Finals to repair his broken kneecap. It’s not a ‘pressing concern’ for No. 11, but the procedure would ‘ease some of the swelling and day-to-day pain he feels.’
Irving, named an All-Star starter after averaging 24.5 points and shooting a career-best 47.7 percent from the field this season, has recently missed games due to knee soreness, and has been heavily wrapping it when off the court.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog