Was that just a benign internal conversation Irving read too much into or a real sign Cleveland wasn’t committed to him?
The Cavs indeed came close to trading Irving around the draft, but he didn’t have to hear about it when and how he did.
I wonder what that trade would have been. The Cavaliers also nearly traded Kevin Love for Paul George on draft night. Was it one trade or the other? Did Cleveland actually want to trade both LeBron James‘ co-stars?
This will be another “what if?” of many in the Irving trade saga.
Remember, though, Irving reportedly considered requesting a trade in 2016 and asked for one before the draft. He might have disliked how the Cavs dangled/discussed him on draft night, but it seems if that weren’t a reason for wanting out, he would’ve found another.