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Kyrie Irving wanted to escape the titanic shadow of LeBron James when he asked for and was granted a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Aug. 22.
The 26-year-old was asked about the possibility of reuniting with James, should the Cavaliers’ superstar want to join him in Boston.
“In this business, I’ve kind of experienced it all and I’ve seen a lot,” Irving said (via NBA.com). “So we’ll see what management decides.”
Irving was sent to the Boston Celtics as part of a blockbuster deal that sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s unprotected 2018 first-round draft pick and a second-rounder from Miami in 2020.
Irving, who missed the final portion of the regular season and all of the playoffs after having a pair of surgical procedures on an ailing knee, averaging 24.4 points per game for the Celtics.
He was the first overall selection by the Cavaliers in the 2011 draft and hit what proved to be the gamewinning shot, 3-pointer in the face of Golden State’s Steph Curry, in Game 7 of the 2016 Finals.
An All-Star four times with Cleveland and again last season with Boston, Irving said he would not be opposed to playing with James again.
“Obviously, it’s a business at the end of the day,” Irving said. “Ownership and management, they’re going to feel what’s best for our future and I’m fully supportive of [them]. We’ll see what happens.”