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David Griffin and the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways before the Kyrie Irving situation came to a head, so he was never forced into a position of having to deal with what his predecessor and former protege, Koby Altman, did.
After Irving and his representatives expressed to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert that he wished to be traded, Altman swung a deal Aug. 22 that sent Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn’s unprotected 2018 draft pick and Miami’s second-round section in 2020.
Appearing on the Golic and Wingo radio show on ESPN with Mike Golic and Trey Wingo, Griffin was asked if he would have acquiesced to Irving’s trade request.
“You know, it’s funny, I wasn’t in that position, I’m ever going to say that I would or wouldn’t have,” Griffin responded. “If he had asked me for a trade and said he wasn’t happy and couldn’t be joyful in pursuit of a championship, I probably would’ve.”
Griffin said his reasoning for doing so would have been simple, and though he didn’t say so, it’s all but assuredly why Altman chose the course of action he did in dealing Irving.
“Because when you’re trying to win a championship, you’re either all the way in or all the way out and there’s no in between,” Griffin said. “And had we had that conversation and that’s what he said, I think you would have had to have done something. But, I wasn’t in those positions.”