David Griffin thinks Kyrie Irving's trade request was courageous

David Griffin thinks Kyrie Irving's trade request was courageous

David Griffin thinks Kyrie Irving's trade request was courageous

Irving, 25, has reportedly listed the Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs in his wish list of preferred destinations.

Speaking with ESPN's "The Jump" for the first time since his departure from Cleveland, ex-Cavs general manager David Griffin surely hinted at the Celtics being on Irving's list of teams he'd prefer to be traded to before the start of the 2017 season. This is a guy who handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to. "He went to Dan Gilbert privately and told him he'd be happier someplace else".

"Most guys don't have the courage to do what [Irving] did", Griffin said. Griffin has been either the general manager or the vice president of basketball operations for the Cavaliers since 2010; Irving was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2011. And I think what Ron (Harper) was saying was really unfair to Kyrie.

LeBron James took to Twitter late Monday night to tweet something that you can't help but think is related to Kyrie Irving. You know you're expected to win a championship. It's not like he's asking to lead a rag-tag bunch. That's not youth and ignorance. "But what that doesn't always allow is for a player like Kyrie to test his boundaries a little bit and see how good he can really be, and can I actually be the front man of a team like that?" "LeBron brought no more pressure to the situation, than the situation did itself", Griffin said.

The Cavs don't have to trade Irving, who has three years left on his contract, including a player option for the final year. James' arrival changed the organizational direction, turning the Cavaliers into a "championship-or-bust" squad.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported in July that Irving requested a trade from the Cavs in an effort to emerge from LeBron's shadow. The home team will get to choose, with the visiting team required to wear a contrasting color. And most of it is really really positive. That didn't grow organically. "We didn't do that well enough".

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