Sports David Griffin: I would've traded Kyrie around draft if he asked me to

07:10  15 november  2017
07:10  15 november  2017 Source:   theScore

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Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin revealed that if the All-Star point guard had come to him sooner with his trade request, he would ' ve made it happen leading up to the draft when there were deals on the table. " Kyrie knows this and we've talked about this very clearly

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a baseball player holding a basketball© Maddie Meyer / Getty Images Sport / Getty Poor timing appears to have delayed Kyrie Irving's departure from Cleveland by more than two months.

Former Cavaliers general manager David Griffin revealed that if the All-Star point guard had come to him sooner with his trade request, he would've made it happen leading up to the draft when there were deals on the table.

"Kyrie knows this and we've talked about this very clearly," Griffin said Tuesday on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "If he had articulated to me … he wanted to be traded, we would have traded him.

"You're all the way in or all the way out on winning a championship. You don't get to bring the house down from within, and if you're miserable, the worst thing you can do is hide it. So I think what he did was what he was supposed to do for a team that wants to win a championship, he made it very clear."

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Kyrie Irving and Al Horford are working a clever two-man game, last year's No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown has taken a significant leap in his sophomore season, and they're getting great contributions from rookies like Jayson Tatum David Griffin : I would ' ve traded Kyrie around draft if he asked me to . nba.

“ I think I would have,” Griffin told NBA TV late Tuesday night. Steve Kyler: Danny Ainge asked about concerns around Kyrie wanting out of Cleveland – said they feel like they have done enough homework to know who he .

However, Griffin parted ways with the organization on June 19 - just three days before the draft. About one month later, word came out that Irving told the Cavs he wants out.

Reports emerged soon after that Irving had actually informed the club before the draft of his desire to move on, so he could find happiness and maximize his potential elsewhere (ideally away from LeBron James). It was believed the 25-year-old star wanted to join his USA Basketball teammate Jimmy Butler on the Chicago Bulls.

Interestingly enough, there were also rumours that while he was still with the Cavaliers, Griffin had been working on a three-team swap that would've brought Butler to Cleveland. He admitted himself he had trades "teed up." In the end, though, Butler was shipped to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft day and Irving was dealt to the Boston Celtics at the end of August.

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David Griffin is wrong. It is youth and ignorance. I ' ve made predictions and been wrong, clearly, but you can screenshot No team will ever win a ring with Kyrie as that team's best player. He 's right about Kyrie wanting to see how good he really is.

“ I think Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid — really, really smart, doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is — and I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, I think seeing [Cavaliers GM David Griffin ] leave and the amount of coaches, I think Kyrie has had a much I don’t know if he asked to be traded .

Irving has been thriving with his new team, which sits atop the NBA standings at 12-2. The explosive guard is averaging 20.3 points, 5.2 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals over 13 games this season.

He missed the last game after suffering a minor facial fracture, and will return Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets while donning a mask.

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