Ex-Cavs GM thinks Kyrie Irving showed ‘courage’ with trade request

Kyrie Irving has been to three straight Finals with Cleveland. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

It is unclear how hard the Cavaliers are trying to acquiesce to Kyrie Irving’s trade request, but tea-leaf readers saw a sign Monday that the team was inclined to keep its star point guard. Cleveland’s former general manager, though, said he thought Irving would get dealt, and he described the player’s request as an act of “courage.”

Appearing on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Monday, David Griffin, who unexpectedly parted ways with the Cavs in June, was asked about former Cleveland guard Ron Harper’s comments. Harper recently said (via the Akron Beacon Journal) that Irving’s desire to be traded away from LeBron James and Co. was born of “youth” and “ignorance,” adding,”When the inmates are in charge, nothing but bad things can happen, right?”

“I think what Ron was saying is really unfair to Kyrie,” Griffin told co-hosts Amin Elhassan and Dave McMenamin. “This is a guy who handled the situation exactly like he was supposed to. He went to [owner] Dan Gilbert privately, told him that he thought he would be happier somewhere else. The absolute worst thing this guy could’ve done was pretend to be all in and sink the ship from within.

“Most guys don’t have

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/08/07/ex-cavs-gm-thinks-kyrie-irving-showed-courage-with-trade-request/

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