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Kyrie Irving rips latest report he wants out of Cleveland, says he’s ‘sick’ of ‘rumors and accusations’

Apr 5, 2014, 9:30 AM EST

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The latest report that Kyrie Irving doesn’t want to be in Cleveland isn’t new, and it isn’t even from a new source.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com said the same thing that he’s been saying since at least late February, which is that it’s been made known by people close to Irving for years that he wants to play somewhere else in the future.

But in our short-attention-span news cycle, it got treated as breaking information on Friday, and that had Irving taking to Twitter to angrily rip the allegations.

Let’s be careful to note a few important things here:

- The source of the report is as credible as they come, and there’s zero reason to believe that the information Windhorst has been receiving (and has subsequently put out there) isn’t 100 percent accurate.

- These types of things obviously cause issues with an athlete and his current team, with teammates wondering what’s really going on, and with reporters covering the club being forced to repeatedly ask about the allegations. It’s understandable that Irving is tired of hearing them. However …

- There was no denial by Irving here of anything that was reported.

Irving wanting out of Cleveland wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, and it wouldn’t be the first time (or the last) that a star player wants out of a small market that hasn’t been able to surround him with enough talent to win in the time he was there.

The Cavaliers tried multiple times to add players in free agency to improve and make a run at the playoffs this season, it’s just that none of the moves worked out. Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack and Andrew Bynum were signed last summer, and when none of those players could make an impact, the team traded for a well-respected veteran All-Star in Luol Deng.

The effort is there. But Deng will almost assuredly leave in free agency once the season is finished, and Cleveland will essentially be back to square one, having one more season to try to put the pieces in place to impress upon Irving that Cleveland is a fine place to stay.

Irving is a restricted free agent following next season, but he will be offered a five-year max contract extension this summer. If the reports are really false, all Irving has to do is sign the deal to (at least temporarily) prove that’s the case.

  1. cruzan80 - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    “The source of the report is as credible as they come, and there’s zero reason to believe that the information Windhorst has been receiving (and has subsequently put out there) isn’t 100 percent accurate.”

    How so??? He’s a Miami based reporter who moved there only to follow Lebron (his claim to fame)….this gives him “credibility”???

    “There was no denial by Irving here of anything that was reported.”

    Really??? Kyrie’s tweet said “putting B.S out for headlines” & “There’s no such source as “Kyrie’s camp”, nothing but nonsense.” That sounds like a denial to me….

    All that being said….I do believe that where there’s smoke there’s fire.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      Yeah, I don’t get the whole, “BUT WAIT, HE DIDN’T DENY THE REPORTS!” angle.

      He called the reports BS. When you call a report BS, you’re alleging that report is “incorrect” (but using a much stronger term than just “incorrect.”)

      He also said there’s no such thing as “Kyrie’s camp,” meaning in his opinion, there no “source” Windhorst could have gotten that information from. He also called the report “nonsense.”

      It’s not the most difficult code to decipher. “Irving called the reports frustrating, full of BS, ridiculous, absurd, nonsense, etc. …But he didn’t deny them! Look out Cleveland, he’s basically confirmed the reports!” – PBT

  2. doctorbluff - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I like how the article has a New York Knicks tag but no mention of the Knicks in the body of the actual article.

  3. kb2408 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    They might have gotten Pau in a trade had they offered the LAKERS more than a bag of balls. The player the LAKERS wanted (Waiters) is allegedly the player Kyrie doesn’t get along with.

  4. garypagetwo - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    just like 95% of this website makes stuff . only to retract it later. This site is a joke . and the so called “Journalists” are idiots. all of them

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Takes one to know one.

    • Professor Fate - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Feel free to turn to page two, gary.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    How do you know the source is credible? Trust the reporter’s honesty and professional standards? That’s funny.

  6. clownsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Every other word out of this kids mouth is ” I me my or mine”. He only cares about himself & his brand. He’s not a leader. Has never had lead the team to an above .500 record. Can’t stay healthy. Cavs still suck with or without him. I’m ready yo move on from him.

  7. chief0727 - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    The proof is in the pudding. If Kyrie declines an extension this off season then, and only then, will I put any credence to what Windhorst says. People forget Windhorst was reporting that Bosh was coming to Cleveland to play with James all the way up to the infamous line “I’m taking my talents to South Beach”. As a Cav fan if Kyrie declines the max extension then I fully expect the Cavs to trade him. They got burnt badly by placing their faith in LeBron and I’m pretty sure they learned their lesson. Kyrie is an ALLSTAR. Kyrie is NOT a SUPERSTAR.

    • kinggw - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      The only problem with your post is that you’re describing something that never happened. Windhorst never reported that Bosh was going to Cleveland, neither did Broussard. Broussard reported that the Raptors would be ok with a doing a sign and trade with Cleveland for Bosh, that’s a far cry from saying he’s coming. Windhorst said that the Cavs had a chance at Wade and Bosh and that Ferry had told him that they were on his radar. He never said Bosh was going to Cleveland, in fact I challenge you to produce one of those reports.

      • chief0727 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Actually your incorrect. The morning of the decision Windhorst was all over Cleveland media stating his sources saying that Bosh was coming to Cleveland to play with LeBron. Windhorst was working in Cleveland at the time. Just because it wasn’t picked up nationally doesn’t mean it never happened. So I challenge you to get the radio interview transcripts to prove he didn’t say it. You also reference Broussard but I never mention Broussard in my post. If your going to accuse people of making things up you should really have all the facts. I heard him on 2 seperate Cleveland stations state his sources told him Bosh was coming to play with LeBron in Cleveland.

  8. pacodawg - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Just talked to Kyrie. It’s true

  9. casualcommenter - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    I look forward to Windhorst “reporting” the exact same thing about Kyrie Irving in 2 months, and once getting attention despite not providing any new information.

    Somehow, Windhorst has literally reported the exact same thing 3 times this season (“Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cleveland”), and he’s gotten front page attention on this site and at ESPN each time.

    I think it’s because he’s cleverly spaced out those reports by a few months each time. That way, he gives the illusion of providing a new story, but when you read the report, it’s just, “I talked to a source” (probably the same source for all the stories) “and the source says Irving would like to leave ASAP” over and over and over again.

    He’s doing a good job of playing sites like PBT and ESPN, though. Getting his name out there for literally the same report over and over without any new information.

  10. jadaruler - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Why talk about this? Don’t opt out of the contract, play out the contract, and become an unrestricted free agent. Not hard to do.

  11. davidly - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    If by “as credible as they come” you mean, “the biggest dick” – then, yeah, sure.

  12. sumkat - Apr 5, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    How can you have “an unnamed source from player x camp”, and then say “the source is as reliable as they come”

    If they aren’t willing to put their name to it, they aren’t “as reliable as they come”

    He’ll sign his extension. Everyone does (that gets offered the max), that’s too much money to leave on the table. Even if he does want to force his way out, it won’t be for 3 more years. Even guys like Bosh, Howard and Lebron who have forced their way out over the last few years, that wasn’t until after they signed their original max deal and got rich. Irving will be no different. If he leaves, it will be after his extension, or via trade (Cleveland is NOT going to give him a 3rd year option after Lebron bolted on them)

    • campcouch - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Uh Bosh,James and Howard didn’t force their way out. Bosh and James had reached the end of their contracts and left. Howard said he would like to be traded but he never demanded it. The Magic tried to get what they could before he left.

      • sumkat - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        No, they opted out before the end of their contracts

        If you don’t think Howard forced his way out, you don’t understand the concept

  13. eugenesaxe1 - Apr 5, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Or a joint.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      …Or Larry Sanders.

  14. eagles512 - Apr 6, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    So the source is credible but the actual person denying is not?

  15. tv63 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    What many of you don’t know is the timing of the article. Yes Cavs are an underdog as they come. Right before the Hawks game, Cavs had been on an incredible winning streak and managed to climb #14 in the CBS power rankings. Hawks was their “play off” game so to speak. The team was at an all time high they haven’t seen in more than 3 years. And this SLIME BALL Windhorst releases this story 4 hours before the biggest game Cavs of the year (but really years). He had an agenda!! This was clearly an off season issue. It could have waited 1-2 weeks more. Don’t give any BS oh Mr Innocent didn’t know it’s all on CAV the BLog . He knew the story would blow up on twitter, internet, radio, TV within hours.

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