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REPORT: Kyrie Irving Threatened To Sit Out Training Camp, Undergo Mid-Season Knee Surgery If Cavs Didn’t Trade Him

The Cavs are a mess right now and Kyrie Irving’s Celtics are at the top of the Eastern Conference, chilling. Till this day we still haven’t got a clear reason as for why Kyrie wanted out, but it’s not hard to tell that he no longer liked playing alongside and sharing a team with LeBron James. New reports keep coming out about how badly Irving wanted out of Cleveland and the latest one details his desperation to leave like no other has so far. According to Joe Vardon of, aside from threatening to sit out training camp, Irving said he would undergo a mid-season knee surgery to clean up debris from his injury in 2015 if the Cavs didn’t trade him.

Irving’s desire and request to leave the Cavs last summer are well documented. Wanting to leave LeBron James’ shadow and the culture James dominated in Cleveland, upset that former general manager David Griffin was gone and miffed that the Cavs considered trading him to Indiana for Paul George, Irving asked owner Dan Gilbert to trade him.

Gilbert didn’t have to honor the request, though, as Irving had two years left on his contract. But according to multiple sources, Irving threatened to sit out the season and have surgery on his knee, convincing Gilbert and Cleveland’s front office that the relationship was not salvageable.

Irving’s agent, Jeff Wechsler, declined to discuss what was said to the Cavs with, and Gilbert did not personally respond to a request seeking comment.

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