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Report: Cavs traded Kyrie Irving to Celtics without consulting LeBron James

Ty Anderson
February 06, 2018 - 6:41 pm

The growing unrest between Cavaliers superstar LeBron James and the Cleveland front office (as well as team owner Dan Gilbert) is there and worsening by the day. And based on a report from The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, the possible tipping point in what looks like LeBron’s next Cleveland exit may have come with the Kyrie Irving trade.

A trade that James reportedly had no involvement in or knowledge of before it happened.

Left in the dark and not even consulted throughout the process, as detailed in Lloyd’s piece, it was only after the deal was essentially completed that Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman called James and said, “It’s the best we can do.”

“Bring [Irving] to camp,” James, confident he could repair the damaged relationship between the two, reportedly told the Cavs braintrust of Gilbert and Altman.

But Irving, who made it clear he wanted out, was not on board with such a plan, and said he wanted be traded out of Cleveland because he “did not want to play another minute with James,” a source told The Athletic. The source then went on to tell The Athletic that given how close Irving and James were to the ends of their current contracts, the Cavs chose to move Irving because of his ‘peak value’ in a trade.

That ‘best’ that Altman did in the trade -- headlined by an ill-fitting Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder -- has not helped the Cavaliers replace Irving this season, as obviously noted. Nor has it allowed the Cavaliers to continue their straight-up dominance of the Eastern Conference, as Cleveland’s 30-21 record is 7.5 games away from East-leading Irving and the Celtics.

And it such a trade philosophy -- and its obviously disastrous fallout -- appears to have put the Cavaliers in a situation that will likely leave them without either James or Irving.

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