Irving requested a trade after a meeting with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Irving wants to be more of a focal point on offense, per the report, and doesn’t want to play alongside LeBron James anymore.
But his list doesn’t really matter. The Cavaliers can trade Irving to wherever they see fit, and he doesn’t have the ability to reject whatever trade may come with a no-trade clause.
Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season and made his fourth All-Star appearance in the last five seasons. He’s only 25 years old, but has played second fiddle to James over the last three seasons in Cleveland.
Irving’s list, while understandable, really doesn’t matter because the Cavs have all the power. These are trade rumors, not free agency. Irving’s destinations may come into play, but they won’t if the package coming back to the Cavaliers isn’t a good one.
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