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Reports: Kyrie Irving wants out of Cleveland

Media reports, first by ESPN, say Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving has asked to be traded. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving told the team last week he wanted to be traded, ESPN's Brian Windhorst is reporting.

The reported demand came in the middle of a difficult summer for the Cavaliers, who haven't seen much good happen since they beat Golden State in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Since then, the Cavaliers lost the Finals 4-1, saw general manager David Griffin leave and watched as reported trades for Oklahoma City's Paul George and Minnesota's Jimmy Butler fell through. The All-Stars were being pursued to make changes to the roster to help compete with NBA champion Golden State.

The reports of Irving's trade demands come as speculation runs rampant that LeBron James will leave after next season to play in Los Angeles. The reports say Irving told the Cavaliers he preferred to go to Miami, New York, San Antonio or Minnesota.


Irving has two seasons left on his 5-year, $90 million contract signed in 2014. By being traded, he would lose the opportunity to sign a Super Max contract.

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