Report: Kyrie Irving doesn't want to play for Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in turmoil as the enter the final stretch of the regular season. The chemistry problems that plagued them at the start of the 2014-15 season seem to be back at the worst possible time, as no one is clicking and the team is getting blown out at random.
You never know which Cavaliers team is going to show up — and lately it has been a consistently bad one.
As we've learned in the hot take world we live in, where there is smoke there is usually a bus full of burning puppies. That's the calling card of Stephen A. Smith, who has some pretty grim news when it comes to how well Kyrie Irving is digging playing for the Cavaliers.
Stephen A. Smith spouted off about what he has been hearing surrounding Kyrie Irving in Cleveland — and it's not good for Cavs fans.
"Dating back to last year, I've been told that Kyrie Irving ain't too happy being in Cleveland," Smith stated on First Take this morning. "The situation is not ideal for him. I don't know the particulars, I haven't spoken to him personally. It's somethings that I've been hearing for months; that under ideal circumstances he would prefer to be someplace other than Cleveland."
This isn't the first time that we've heard rumors about Kyrie being unhappy in Cleveland. Before LeBron James returned in the summer of 2014, there were rumors that Irving wanted out and wasn't going to re-sign with the team. That whole fiasco ended with a max deal for Irving, but the problems seem to be persisting.
He has clashed with LeBron James on numerous occasions, dating back to last year when following a blowout loss he was called out by LeBron for not passing. That's been a major problem for Irving, as his assist totals have never been great, and it's starting to effect the offense in Cleveland. He's also defensively challenged, which has been an issue that has shown no signs of changing.
If Irving wants out, there are a hand full of teams that would take him on. But he's in the best position to win in Cleveland, and moving anywhere else would be transparently personal.