Kyrie Irving has come under fire since his trade request became the biggest NBA news of the summer, but he has one man in his corner.
Former Cavs general manager David Griffin, who parted ways with the franchise only days before the 2017 NBA Draft, says Irving handled a difficult situation the right way. Griffin sees Irving eventually being traded by Cleveland, but he doesn’t agree with former Cavs guard Ron Harper, who told the Akron Beacon Journal that Irving made the decision because of youth and ignorance.
I think Kyrie is going to end up getting traded. But I think what Ron was saying is really unfair to Kyrie, Griffin said during Monday’s edition of The Jump on ESPN. I don’t think this is ‘youth’ and ‘ignorance.’ This is a guy who handled this situation exactly like he was supposed to. He went to (Cavs owner) Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else. The absolute worst thing this guy could have done was pretend to be all in and sink the ship from within.
I don’t think they can (keep Irving), Windhorst said during an appearance on SportsCenter. Kyrie told Dan Gilbert when they sat down he didn’t want to play with LeBron anymore. LeBron knows that, and I don’t think there’s any coming back. So, eventually, I think the Cavs will trade Kyrie Irving.
Now Steve Mills is acting president and Scott Perry has assumed the role of general manager. However, whether the changes are good or bad remains to be seen, and Porzingis isn’t making any outlandish statements that the Knicks will turn into a super team.